Time in the Pokey for Facebook Poke

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It looks as though the “poke” feature on Facebook has finally accomplished something, though in this case it looks as though it could lead to jail time for one unfortunate woman.

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According to the report from The Tennessean, Shannon D. Jackson was arrested for the violation of “an order of protection.” Having been ordered not to contact someone by any means, adding them on Facebook and then using the “poke” option seems like it might well have been a touch ill-advised alright.

The real question is whether or not the “poke” can really be considered to be a form of communication, given that it doesn’t communicate anything directly apart from that you have viewed a person’s page and then clicked on the “poke” button. It is the utter uselessness of Facebook’s poke that makes the whole situations so strange.

Bizarrely, that “poke” could well have fairly dire consequences, especially given that the defendant could now be facing up to 11 months and 29 days in prison over the whole affair. It has also led to one of my favourite sentences ever written in a serious publication, which simply reads, “Hendersonville police have made copies of the page in which the alleged victim is shown to be ‘poked,’ according to the affadavit.”

You can read more about the details over at the Tennessean, but the whole business is just so absolutely strange that we’re hoping it forces Facebook to ditch the poke feature (unlikely as it seems), for being largely useless and a source of trouble.

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