Editions:  Austria · Denmark · France · Germany · Italy · Norway · Spain · Sweden · Switzerland

Man convicted for Facebook friend request

Share this article

Man convicted for Facebook friend request
08:33 CEST+02:00
An 18-year-old man from the Baltic island of Gotland has been convicted after sending a friend request on Facebook.

The teen was fined the equivalent of 30-days pay and handed a suspended sentence by the Gotland District Court, which ruled that a friend request on the popular social networking site constituted a violation of a restraining order preventing him from contacting the person, Sveriges Radio (SR) reported.

In its ruling, the court found that "a friend request represents an active choice with the aim of making contact. That can't be seen as a minor violation".

However, the court didn't see the attempt at making contact via Facebook as a violation that warranted the awarding of damages.

In addition to contacting the person via Facebook, the 18-year-old also ran into the person at a street fair.

The man sent the Facebook friend request shortly after a restraining order against him had been renewed.

The man also has a previous conviction for sexually assaulting a woman.

TT/The Local/dl

Follow The Local on Twitter

Get notified about breaking news on The Local

Share this article

The Local is not responsible for content posted by users.
Become a Member or sign-in to leave a comment.

From our sponsors

The ‘fairytale' boarding school nestled in a Swedish village

The words ‘boarding' and ‘school' often summon images of strict teachers, drab dormitories and downcast children. That image couldn't be further from reality at Sigtunaskolan Humanistiska Läroverket (SSHL), where boarders describe the ‘fairytale' school as a home away from home.