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Sep 16 2011

Six Real Crimes That Relate Directly to Facebook

Published by at 7:20 am under Editorial

While many of us, and hopefully most of us use Facebook as a means to connect and share with friends, that’s not always the case.  You kind of have to figure that any network that has over 700 million users is bound to have a couple of bad eggs.

It’s just interesting that many of the crimes that occur online today never would have existed years ago.  So while I’d like to thank Facebook for all the new hotties we see every day, we can also thank them for introducing new crimes!

Here are six real crimes tied directly to the Facebook…..

Arrested for Poking Someone

Shannon Jackson of Tennessee broke the law when she poked a contact on her Facebook list, by violating a restraining order. The order specifically prohibits either telephoning, contacting, or otherwise communicating with the petitioner. Violation of a restraining order in Tennessee is a class A misdemeanor, punishable up to 11 months and 29 days in jail, as well as a fine up to $2500

Decapitating a Mouse and Posting on Facebook

A young Queensland woman has escaped jail time over an animal cruelty case, in which she filmed herself hacking off a mouse’s head before posting the footage on Facebook. Naomi Anderson, 23, pleaded guilty to one charge of animal cruelty in the Caboolture Magistrates Court, north of Brisbane, in July 2011.

It Isn’t Sexting, It’s Cyberstalking

Two preteen US girls accused of hacking into a classmate’s Facebook page and posting sexually explicit photos and messages have been charged with cyberstalking and first-degree computer trespassing. The girls, ages 11 and 12, have been under investigation since the alleged victim’s family contacted Issaquah police

Trying to Hire a Hitman on Facebook

Nineteen-year-old West Chester, Pa., resident Corey Christian Adams accepted the plea agreement on charges of rape, criminal solicitation of murder and other counts.  In July 2010, a 20-year-old woman who had accused Adams of raping her after a party called police to point out a posting on his Facebook page offering $500 for “a girls head.” In a later posting, police say Adams said “he needed this girl knocked off right now.

Jailtime for a Facebook Friend Request

When you have a restraining order out against you, you need to be careful when playing around on social networks. A 37-year-old British man had been given a no-contact order after harassing his wife with text messages and phone calls. When he joined Facebook, he checked the box that would invite his entire address book to join as well. In Silicon Valley, that’s just an annoying social faux pas. But for him, it was a violation of his no-contact rule. He received ten days in jail, but served only seven after his lawyer petitioned the court that he had been “confused” by Facebook’s sign-in procedures

Be Careful about your Identity

In the U.S., pretending to be a celebrity online is something of a trend. There’s a whole slew of fake celebrity blogs out there. Search Facebook or MySpace and you’ll find dozens of pages supposedly opened by Tom Cruise or Katie Holmes — all fake. The Moroccan government, though, apparently isn’t quite hip with this trend, and in 2008 arrested a man for creating a Facebook profile under the guise of the brother of King Mohammed VI.  The man, 26-year-old Fouad Mourtada, was arrested and charged with “villainous practices,” a very dire and vague sounding offense.

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