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Woman Faces Prison Time for Facebook Poke

Is a Facebook Poke a Legit Means of Communication?

You already know that Facebook can make you jealous in a relationship, status updates can cause competition, and it can even cause your grades to drop. But can it land you in prison?

According to law enforcement in Tennessee, it can. I just learned about a woman who was arrested for a Facebook poke. Turns out, the poke broke an order of protection stating, “no telephoning, contacting or otherwise communicating with the petitioner.”

The guilty party faces up to a month in jail and a $2,500 fine. What do you think?

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ManiMartinixo ManiMartinixo 7 years
Maybe they deleted her as a friend but didn't think to/didnt know how to block her.
clairestrose clairestrose 7 years
I agree, why would the victim still have that tie to the woman on facebook? Seems ridiculous.
emo_stacer emo_stacer 7 years
why wouldn't the victim have this person blocked on fb?
runningesq runningesq 7 years
Yes. If a peace or protective order states that the defendant "may not contact/ communicate with" the petitioner, a 'poke' would be a violation. That said, it may be difficult to prove that the defendant is the one who 'poked' the petitioner.
runningesq runningesq 7 years
Yes. If a peace or protective order states that the defendant "may not contact/ communicate with" the petitioner, a 'poke' would be a violation.That said, it may be difficult to prove that the defendant is the one who 'poked' the petitioner.
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