A Facebook Crime Gets A Facebook Apology

By now, most of us are aware that we need to be smart about the things we post on social networking sites. The things we post online can be enough for us to lose our jobs, or even go to jail. That’s what happened when a man from Ohio broke the terms of a protection order obtained by his wife, after he had been found guilty of domestic violence charges earlier last year. He was charged with 60 days in jail and a $500 fine, because he violated the protection order when he posted a comment about his wife on his Facebook page.

However, if he didn’t want to pay the fine or serve the time, he was given the option of posting a public apology (written by the judge on the case) on his Facebook page every day for 30 days. Not only did he have to post the apology, but he also had to ‘friend’ his wife on Facebook so that she could see that he was indeed posting the apology. Welcome to the 21st century, people.

Nimritta Parmar

Nimritta is a third year student at Simon Fraser University, studying English and Communications. She's a Facebook rat (AKA master procrastinator), and being a student for the last 16 years of her life means that she has education on the brain! (perhaps you've noticed?)