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Woman Arrested For “Poking” Someone on Facebook

Millions of people worldwide use the “poke” button on Facebook as a way of saying “hey, what’s up!?” without any problems.

For Shannon D. Jackson, a woman from Tennessee, USA, though, that proved to be a problem which beared some serious legal consequences.

She was arrested for poking another woman on Facebook because it violated a legal order of protection that was filed against her.

According to the affidavit filed in Sumner County General Sessions Court, Jackson is accused of using the “poke” option on Facebook to contact a Hendersonville woman, thus violating the terms of the order of protection, which stipulates “no telephoning, contacting or otherwise communicating with the petitioner.”

The protective order against Jackson prohibited her from making phones calls to, contacting, or communicating with the petitioner in any way whatsoever.

According to Ryan Calo, a residential fellow at Stanford Law School’s Center for Internet & Society, the “Poke” it is still a form of communication, and so by “Poking” her on FB, Jackson had broken the law.

Lawren Lassiter,  Jackson’s lawyer, said she was “extremely shocked” by the arrest.

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