Thursday, July 29, 2010

P-p-poke her face and you'll land in jail

I am very excited because this is my first post using my own account woot woot!

Well after reading this news article from Tennessee, I decided to poke back at every person who has poked me out of vengeance in Facebook and even poking some people I want to poke just because, prior to being issued a restraining order because this lady, Shannon D. Jackson of Hendersonville, Tennessee landed in jail after poking someone; and we are not talking about being poked like “that hurt you moron” kind of poke we are talking about a virtual poke having legal implications. Shannon was given an order by the court in the following tenor: “no telephoning, contacting or otherwise communicating with the petitioner” which she broke by poking the petitioner on Facebook, after the poke was established Shannon was arrested and her bail bond was set at $1,500! If she is found guilty she’s possibly facing 29 days in jail and a fine of up to $2,500! It was alleged that the virtual poking is an act of communication no matter how minor it might seem. With the thriving utilization of ICT, it has become necessary for the intrusion of the State and the imposition of certain restrictions to safeguard certain freedoms that its people are enjoying. Social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter have become part of our culture and at the start, there were no issues at to what a person can post or do in using these sites but now there seems to be a plethora of legal issues facing users of such sites like what happened to Shannon. One time when my aunt was watching this showbiz gossip show I heard some celebrity threatening to sue someone because such person posted a malicious statement against her in the latter's Facebook status. All these news about arrests being made or threats to sue being made because of something that happened in Facebook would really make you think twice about what you would be posting in these sites and this necessarily curtails your freedom to post whatever you want because of that danger that what you are doing could be punishable by law.

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