Facebook tagging

I try and keep a super low profile on Facebook.
Mostly for the reason that it is the one application (directly after Google +) that I have absolutely no idea how manage. I have heard far too many stories of people posting stuff that they think only one person or only ‘their friends’ will see, but in fact it ended up on ‘their wall’ and every one saw it.

Anyway, I just thought this was interesting…. It is now so widely used for both good and bad that (at least in USA) the courts have ruled you can be charged for what you post.


You don’t have to physically get close to a person or to call and text them to end up violating a protection order. According to Acting Westchester County Supreme Court Justice Susan Capeci, tagging the victim, which sends them a notification, is enough to breach the order and ultimately land the perpetrator in jail.

There is a distinct difference between the two, though: protective orders are the maximum protection the law can grant to victims of family violence.

Gonzalez has been charged with second-degree criminal contempt for the status updates, which could land her in prison. Her side tried to argue that she wasn’t explicitly banned from contacting Calderon via Facebook. The judge, however, pointed out that Gonzalez was ordered not to contact Calderon via “electronic or any other means.”

Granted this person had a reason to keep their distance, but it was encouraging (and sadly surprising) to see ‘the law’ quickly back up the victim in this case.
The digital world is a mess, just like the physical world. People are going to do and say things in both, it is good to see that in some cases the law is keeping up.