A Single Facebook Tag Can Violate a Restraining Order, Says Court

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A New York judge has ruled that tagging someone in a Facebook post-and the subsequent notification that it generates- is enough to constitute a violation of a restraining order.

The New York Law Journal describes a case in which Maria Gonzalez was not allowed to contact her sister-in-law Maribel Calderon under a protection order. That didn’t stop Gonzalez taking to Facebook to tag Calderon in a post which called her “stupid,” adding that “you and your family are sad…You guys have to come stronger than that!! I’m way over you guys but I guess not in ya agenda.”

Acting Westchester County Supreme Court Justice Susan Capeci ruled that the notification generated by Facebook as a result of the tag represented an infringement of the protection order, which has seen Gonzalez charged with second-degree criminal contempt. That could lead to as much as a year in jail.

[New York Law Journal via CNET]

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