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Judge Bans Woman's Facebook Posts
By: Jessica Cherok
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If you're the kind of person who rants about your exes and family members online, you could find yourself in legal trouble. A New Jersey woman was ordered by a judge to stop posting about her ex-husband and kids on Facebook.
The New Jersey woman began ranting about her ex and children on the popular social media site in 2011. The ex-husband and other family members complained about the woman's posts, which they categorized as being "disturbing." A judged ordered her to stop earlier this month. The ban is all part of her probation, which she was ordered to serve after an attempted kidnapping of the couple's two children.
The woman appealed the judgment, saying it violated her right to free speech. The appeals court, however, did not agree. The judges in the appeal found that the woman was not banned from posting anything to Facebook or other social media sites, but was banned from specific posts. Because the ban was specific in nature, and set as part of her "rehabilitative efforts" it could not be considered a violation of her rights to free speech.

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Jessica Cherok is an advocate for online privacy, campaigning for ethical data practices and the protection of personal privacy.
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