Facebook “Pokes” May Lead to Prison

September 1, 2010

Be careful who you “poke”. It could lead to imprisonment, fines and worse yet- a suspended facebook account.

May 3oth 2010, Jerry Sabattio, a 54 year old man of  Coldspring, MO was charged with harassment, stalking and lewd internet behavior with under age girls on the popular social networking site Facebook. He was “poking” over a thousand underage girls a day online.

After hundreds of complaints from the girls and their families his account was suspended on facebook and many of the families pressed charges against him. He faces fines up to $5,000 and 1-5 years in jail. Jerry states that he was “just having harmless fun with people. It is a social network after all.”

Police seized his computer and were surprised to find no pornography but only a history of thousands of Facebook pages and most of them were bookmarked ad a favorites. It seems that this 54-year-old accountant and divorcee had a clean record and a clean computer other than the Facebook pages he saved most of which were underage girls that he poked.

Poking is a feature on Facebook that seems to be harmless. On each profile there is a link that says “Poke (fill in the name). A person clicks the button and it gets sent to the recipient’s home page. If they do not “Poke” you back then you can not poke them again unless they delete the announcement of your Poke. Some have found it to be an annoying little feature and chose to ignore it. Some don’t even know that it’s there or what it means. It is intended as a way of saying “hi” without actually having to message a person. Some use it as a form of flirtation and others just do it for the fun of it.

Jerry Sabattio used it to try and get the attention of underage girls and claims “I was addicted. I just go on a profile and hit a button and move on to the next girl. I never said anything rude or even talked to the girls. I just poked them whenever I could and didn’t pay attention to their ages. There is nothing more exhilarating than the feeling of someone actually poking me back.”

After many appeals over the summer his court date is finally set for September 16th 2010 in Douglas County Court House.

Another related story on this YouTube News Report I found. It’s not just men who “Poke” the wrong people.

Personally, I am going to keep on poking and express my freedom of pokes. So poke off.


Are You Guilty of facebook Nonsense? I am.

August 19, 2010

Weird how what comes around goes around. Irony. One day I’m complaining about people “deleting” me on the almighty networking site facebook and the next day I want to delete people for expressing themselves. It’s not the expressing that bothers me as much as it is when I see people attack others through comments and status entries on there. Some even attack others by name. I have to remember that I’ve been deleted because people don’t like what I post. I have to remember that I’ve attacked people when I was angry on facebook as well. I didn’t use names but there was enough information for the people that knew the person figured it out.

I am going to stick to my guns for now. I made a resolution to not respond, attack or delete someone for their behavior unless it’s extreme harassment or threats or something drastic. Say what your going to say and I’ll deal with it. There is an option on facebook to hide people that you don’t want to read their statuses. I’ve used this before for silly stuff like being tired of hearing about what a person is eating every hour or their break up updates every few hours or even minutes. I still like these people and want to be friends with them and I can always unhide them at another time. It’s not as bad as Twitter.

Ok, I admit that I spend way too much time on facebook and I enjoy it. I go on to have fun and socialize especially when the real world bores me or I’m feeling anti-social in person. I try to be respectful, playful and fun. I understand that my interests and sense of humor may be offensive at times but that’s who I am and I have to work on not taking it so personal when someone doesn’t like it. One facebook friend got offended when I “tagged” her in a semi-sexual photo I posted. The term tag means I posted her name on a picture and then it appeared on my page and hers. She was very polite in her confrontation and she let it go and we are better friends for it.

Maybe one day I’ll get a real job and a real life and not be so concerned with such trivialities. These are just the thoughts of the moment and I’ll forget about it later while I am “poking” my friends on facebook while ding 10 other things on the computer. Ha.


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