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Man Served Restraining Order Via Facebook 29

schliz writes "An Australian man has been served a restraining order via Facebook, after unsuccessful attempts by police to reach him by phone and in person. The man was a 'prolific Facebook user' who had allegedly threatened, bullied and harassed a former partner online. He was served both interim and final intervention orders by Facebook, after a local magistrate upheld the interim order indefinitely."


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Man Served Restraining Order Via Facebook

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  • by Lord Byron II ( 671689 ) on Wednesday October 20, 2010 @10:12AM (#33960604)

    Now, I know what a restraining order looks like!

  • there, much more satisfying subject matter

  • We’re talking about Australia, where back in 2008 a couple was served with a lawsuit via facebook under similar circumstances [].

    Really, though, serving a restraining order via facebook actually makes a bit more sense than the lawsuit even did... if the bullying is occurring via facebook, the person being harassed might not even know who the bully is, but if the court is able to legally order the bully to quit, it makes sense to do so via facebook.

  • by Spent2HrOnAName ( 1925474 ) on Wednesday October 20, 2010 @11:32AM (#33961552)

    Facebook claims to take users' privacy "very seriously"


  • If I read this correctly, the reason for serving the restraining order via Facebook was due to the fact that the police had been unable to contact the individual by phone or in person. And yet, the message stated that attempts to violate this order would result in the perp being arrested. How does that work? "Ok. He's violated the Facebook Restraining Order. Go arrest him." "How? We couldn't find him. That's why we had to serve him on Facebook." "Uhh. We could put out a hit on him in MafiaWars." "Ri
    • I'm no expert on US law, much less Australian, but I believe that if someone doesn't answer their door when the police knock to give a restraining order, there's nothing they can do. With an arrest warrant, they could force their way into the building. I know I never answer my door unless I'm expecting someone. Too many solicitors/Jehova's Witnesses to bother with that.
  • Your Ex Girlfriend likes this.
  • How is this nothing more than "service by publication", common when an individual can't be served the usual way?

    Oh! I see. It is because it uses the shiny new interweb.

  • I was arrested 3 years ago because my roommate had drugs in the dorm room. Three years after being found not guilty, the police contacted me via Facebook to inform me that they wanted to return the evidence they seized from me, including nearly $500 in cash. After calling the officer who contacted me, I was mailed a check for the amount. Pretty interesting stuff, although if someone had made a fake Facebook profile under my name, they might be the one with the money...
  • If they can't find the guy to serve the restraining order how are they going to arrest him after subsequent breaches of the order?

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