I’m sure you’ve heard of criminals getting themselves caught through Facebook with such things as status updates telling the police where they are, or even “friending” police officers. But for the very first time, we now have someone who was actually arrested for something they did on Facebook. And I’m talking about “Poking.”
If you poke someone, if sends them a notification telling that that they’ve been poked and asking them if they want to poke back. In the case of Shannon D. Jackson of Tennessee, she apparently violated a restraining order when she poked someone she is not supposed to have any contact with. The U.S. law prohibits her from “telephoning, contacting or otherwise communicating with the petitioner” and a Facebook poke is considered to be “communicating with the petitioner.” In the state of Tennessee, violating a restraining order is a class A misdemeanor, punishable with up to 11 months and 29 days in jail and a fine of up to $2500. The lesson here is, be careful who you poke.