Thursday, December 6, 2012

Kicking Someone Off Facebook: Cyberstalking

You can have someone kicked off Facebook, if they are troubling you in certain ways. Did you know that? And they may also be guilty of the crime of cyber-stalking.

WOMEN in particular -- LISTEN UP.

[NOTE: I posted the links and info in this article on someone's FB page who was having this kind of trouble, and some dumbass male started arguing that FB legal rules of use are not "real law". He doesn't want to face the fact that certain behavior on FB is criminal and can bring you serious legal trouble. -- When I checked out his profile, I saw he was using a Nazi image for his cover photo.]

Have you ever received a comment that was racist, filthy mouthed, cruel, hostile, personally insulting, creepy, domineering, lewd, or otherwise disturbing in a psychopathic sense?

It happens a lot, unfortunately, and I've received some comments of the vulgar variety myself. But it's not allowed. That's a violation of Facebook's user safety rules.

I should have reported the person to Facebook, with a direct link to the comment. I encourage you to do so if it happens to you.

There are laws on stalking (lurking, following or tracking) a person, which includes social media stalking, which falls into the legal category of CYBER-STALKING. If someone's online contacts with you would cause a reasonable (not paranoid, but rational) person DISTRESS, it's criminal cyber-stalking.

Cyber-stalking includes:

* False accusations
* Gathering information about you
* Monitoring your online activities
* Encouraging others to harass you
* Falsely claiming that you are stalking or distressing them
* Sending viruses and malware to your computer
* Ordering merchandise in your name
* Pestering you to meet with them in the real world

See Wikipedia entry on "Cyberstalking".

To have someone kicked off Facebook is easy. You just need to be familiar with Facebook's terms of service or "

See points #6 and #7 -- and keep these rules in mind at all times:

6. You will not bully, intimidate, or harass any user.

7. You will not post content that: is hate speech, threatening, or pornographic; incites violence; or contains nudity or graphic or gratuitous violence.

Read the Facebook use policy.

See also the Findlaw article "Facebook Can Legally Terminate Users"

Such sites need to have a stated, legitimate reason for user termination. If such sites act on a whim, or in an arbitrary fashion, they risk violating the implied contractual duty of good faith and fair dealing.

See also "Cyberstalking and Cyber Harassment Laws by State".


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