A New York judge has ruled that tagging someone in a Facebook postā€”and the subsequent notification that it generatesā€” is enough to constitute a violation of a restraining order.

The New York Law Journal describes a case in which Maria Gonzalez was not allowed to contact her sister-in-law Maribel Calderon under a protection order. That didnā€™t stop Gonzalez taking to Facebook to tag Calderon in a post which called her ā€œstupid,ā€ adding that ā€œyou and your family are sad...You guys have to come stronger than that!! Iā€™m way over you guys but I guess not in ya agenda.ā€

Acting Westchester County Supreme Court Justice Susan Capeci ruled that the notification generated by Facebook as a result of the tag represented an infringement of the protection order, which has seen Gonzalez charged with second-degree criminal contempt. That could lead to as much as a year in jail.

[New York Law Journal via CNET]

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