Ruling highlights Risks Of Tagging Posts On Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB)’s Social Network


Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB) provides you with a platform to share thoughts and consume information, but the next time you think about tagging your posts on the platform, think twice. A judge has ruled that tagging a Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB) post can amount to violation of protection order.

Justice Susan Capeci, of Westchester County Supreme Court, recently made a ruling that has got many people talking, perhaps others worried. It happened that a woman called Maria Gonzalez tagged her sister-in-law, Maribel Calderon, in a number of posts with the intension to hurt her feelings. As usual, Facebook notified Calderon about the posts and she took issue with them.

Family violence

Gonzalez and Calderon have had family issues between them. As a result, the court had ordered Gonzalez not to contact Calderon through an electronic channel or other means as part of the victim’s protection measure.

Typically, many people interpret such gag orders to mean that they are not supposed to call or text the victim directly or get into physical contact with them in a manner that breaches the order. But it seemed to Gonzalez that it was alright to contact Calderon via Facebook. She was wrong. It turns out she violated Calderon’s protection privileges by tagging her on those offensive status update. Gonzalez is now finding herself in hot soup.

Breach of protection order

Because of the breach of the protection order, Gonzalez is now facing second-degree criminal contempt charge. That means that she risks jail over her offensive Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB) posts. However, Gonzalez is arguing that her gag orders didn’t directly prohibit her from using Facebook to convey her thoughts against Calderon.

With the new twist in the Gonzalez vs. Calderon matter, a court battle is sure to ensure. However, for the rest of Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB) subscribers, there are important lessons to learn. It’s all about being extra careful about what you post or share on the social network, especially if there are people who are already not comfortable about your updates.

In another case that also appears to highlight the changing times in the enforcement of protection orders, a court had to decide whether a suspect had committed a criminal offense by way of posting threatening updates on the wall of a friend’s Facebook page.