When Restraining Orders Cover Social Media Communication
Law360, New York (March 3, 2016, 3:57 PM EST) -- Does tagging a protected party on Facebook violate a restraining order or order of protection? What about tweeting the individual or mentioning them on Instagram? In December, a judge in New York state said it did, even though social media communication was not explicitly prohibited in the order of protection.
In The People v. Gonzalez, 15-6081M, the court ruled that when Maria Gonzalez "tagged" the protected individual in two posts, calling her "sad" and "stupid," she did in fact violate the order. The order of protection issued against her required that she "refrain from communication or any other contact, directly or...
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