In 2007, Dylan Osborn of England was jailed over a Facebook friend request. How? Here’s the story.
Osborn said that when he joined Facebook, an automated window appeared asking if he would like to send “friend requests” to everyone on his e-mail list. He then clicked “yes”. It’s not that big of a deal. After all, he knows them all and they’d most likely respond to the request positively, right?
Unfortunately for Osborn, one of the people who got the friend request was his estranged wife. Claire Tarbox. He was given a court order to not contact his wife after he “harassed her with phone calls and text messages.”
So, Tarbox called the police, and Osborn was arrested for contacting his wife through sending a friend request. Osborn was sentenced to ten days in jail, though he was released three days early on conditional bail.
“I certainly hadn’t intended to contact my wife… I didn’t even know she had a Facebook account. To be honest, I don’t think the judge understood how it works either.”, he told the reporters.