In a federal court divorce case, Judge Warwick Neville has ordered that a marshal of the court investigate and monitor a father’s Facebook posts for possible infringements of the Family Law Act.
The Act prohibits the publication of details of court proceedings – an offence punishable by imprisonment for up to one year. The father’s posts “bluntly” claimed that the Court had been duped by the mother and went through the evidence in various ways.
This article quotes social media experts who explain some of the traps of online venting for estranged couples.
This article quotes some of the powerful language Federal Judge Warwick Neville reserved for Facebook users, for example they: “…inhabit the cyber-sphere and operate as `Facebook rangers’ who `hit and run’ with their petty and malicious commentary, and seem to gloat (or be encouraged) by the online audience that waits to join the ghoulish, jeering crowd in the nether-world of cyber-space.”
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