1. Facebook Pokes Can Get You Arrested
Before you “poke” someone on Facebook, read what happened to Shannon Jackson of Tennessee after she poked a contact who had issued a restraining order against her. Yes, the police did arrest Jackson.
Restraining orders specifically prohibit the named individual from communicating with the person taking out the protection order. Evidently, the courts consider a FB poke to be in violation of a protection order, a misdemeanor punishable by jail time and fines as high as $2,500.
2. I Want to Be a Royal Celebrity
Pretending to be a celebrity in Morocco is simply not tolerated, especially if the impersonator poses as the brother of King Mohammed VI. Unfortunately, 26-year-old Fouad Mourtada found this out the hard way when he created a fake FB profile proclaiming to be the king’s brother. Once the Moroccan feds got wind of this spurious activity, they arrested Mourtada on the charge of “villainous practices.”
3. Facebook’s Dark Side–Cyberstalking
Accused of hacking into a fellow student’s Facebook page, publishing sexually explicit photographs and posting defamatory messages, two U.S. pre-teenagers (ages 11 and 12) were charged with first-degree computer trespassing and cyberstalking.
In addition to posting messages detailing how their victim would agree to perform sexual acts on others, they also sent instant messages to boys describing where they could find the victim to participate in sex acts with her.
The courts granted the parents of the victim a protective order restraining the perpetrators from contacting the victim and preventing them from riding the victim’s school bus.
4. Hire a Hit Man on Facebook?
Furious that a woman had accused him of raping her, Corey Christian Adams decided the best way to deal with his anger was to hire a hit man using his favorite social media site.
Adams placed an ad on FB describing how he wanted to “knock this girl off right now” and offered $500 for the “girl’s head.” Fortunately, the women saw the ad and called police.
Although he accepted a plea deal for charges of criminal solicitation of murder and rape, Adams will no doubt be spending the next 11 to 22 years in prison—without access to Facebook.
5. Thinking of Changing Your FB Status?
A jealous husband killed his wife when he discovered she had changed her FB status from “married” to “single.” Brian Lewis was also angry that his wife gave more attention to Facebook than to him, so he strangled and stabbed her to death. Lewis told his attorney that he “just snapped.”