After an Australian couple defaulted on their $150,000 loan, and then failed to answer phone calls or emails and vanished from their home and workplaces, the lawyer for the mortgage provider turned to the next obvious place — Facebook.
With a quick search, the lawyer found two people with the same birthdays and email addresses as the missing defendants. He now had some way to tell the couple that they lost their home!
So the lawyer went to the courts for permission, and this week an Australian judge ruled that legally binding documents can be served via Facebook. But if you get into trouble in Australia, you need not worry about your online reputation — the judge required that the notice not be posted on the couples' Facebook walls, but rather sent via a private message.
Do you think Facebook communications should have legal weight?