Woman Arrested for Poking on Facebook

I don’t think I’ve poked anybody on Facebook. I was afraid. And I’m so glad I didn’t do it!

A woman in Tennessee was, apparently, arrested in September for poking someone. Arrested by real police, not some kind of facebook “police” app.

According to an affidavit filed with the Sumner County General Sessions Court on Sept. 25, Shannon D. Jackson of Hendersonville, Tenn., allegedly violated a legal order of protection that had been previously filed against her when she sent a virtual “poke” to another woman on Facebook.

Well, OK. I’ve especially not poked anyone who has a current restraining order out on me.

Here’s the story.

Comments

  1. #1 Ray Ingles
    October 13, 2009

    As I saw noted elsewhere, this is actually good news. They don’t need a special “e-restraining order” law, they just need to apply the existing law in an appropriate way to other communication channels.

  2. #2 CyberLizard
    October 13, 2009

    Sorry, couldn’t not poke you after that ;-)

  3. #3 Coturnix
    October 13, 2009

    “It’s the digital equivalent of waving at someone from across a crowded room. ”

    Hmmmmm, no. After a series of mutual pokes, one is supposed to send a Super-Poke which indicates orgasm. There are Facebook groups that explain the details…

  4. #4 Greg Laden
    October 13, 2009

    Yeah, everybody’s poking me on Facebook all of the sudden. I’m all bruised.

  5. #5 Stephanie Z
    October 13, 2009

    Bora, I don’t think that’s so much an indication of what poking is as it is an indication that people will find a way to use just about any technology for sex.

  6. #6 Mandrake
    October 13, 2009

    After a series of mutual pokes, one is supposed to send a Super-Poke which indicates orgasm.

    How convenient. Now women can e-fake it.

  7. #7 oldcola
    October 13, 2009

    Greg’s destiny : Poke him!

  8. #8 Greg Laden
    October 13, 2009

    After a series of mutual pokes, one is supposed to send a Super-Poke which indicates orgasm.

    Really? I should start paying more attention to my pokes. Also, I guess it all depends on what kind of crowded room one generally hangs out in!

  9. #9 John McKay
    October 13, 2009

    I got in trouble for poking once. But I needed to poke her; she was getting on my side of the car.

  10. #10 Jennifer Ouellette
    October 13, 2009

    This kind of thing is why I only poke my husband on Facebook. :) Anyone else might misinterpret the gesture!

  11. #11 Comrade PhysioProf
    October 14, 2009

    D00d, this totally means that pseudonymous bloggers should WATCH OUT! amirite?

  12. #12 Tom Krawford
    October 14, 2009

    I’m not sure about this, but I was always taught to poke only those who wish to be poked. Otherwise one could loose a finger, virtual or otherwise.

    Incidentally, in cases of Super Poking is virtual protection required or should we just think “bareback” and chance it?

    I’m serious :)

  13. #13 becca
    October 30, 2009
  14. #14 Greg Laden
    October 30, 2009

    alt text is a great hidden source of amusement, if you remember to look for it

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