Friday, August 27, 2010

Facebook “Friending” Leads to Jail

Facebook “Friending” Leads to Jail
Analysis by Benjamin Radford
Fri Aug 27, 2010 08:53 PM ET

"A man was recently sentenced to federal prison for allegedly violating the terms of his probation, including “associating” with an environmental activist from whom he accepted a “Friend request” on Facebook. Rod Coronado, an animal rights and environmental activist, was contacted by Mike Roselle, who co-founded the group Earth First!, and is a former director for Greenpeace U.S.A. Coronado accepted the friend request, and it cost him four months in prison."

Ok, I'm all for keeping law and order, but this might be a little bit over the line. While I do believe that social media can be nearly as interactive a communications vehicle as meatspace, revoking someones parol over a friending seems a little over reactive.

But maybe I'm just being naive on this one. Anyone else have any thoughts on this?
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