I’m sooooo sorry

A man has been ordered to say sorry on Facebook to his estranged missus:

A man who was threatened with jail time for posting comments about his estranged wife on his personal Facebook page unless he posted daily apologies for a month says the court ruling violates his freedom of speech.

Mark Byron of Cincinnati is making the apology to avoid 60 days in jail, but he plans to appeal the domestic relations court ruling. Byron and free speech and media experts say it should concern other users of the social networking site.

With hundreds of millions of people using Facebook for communication, Byron said Friday that “if they can do this to me, they can do it to others.”

The idea “that anybody could tell you what to say to your friends on Facebook should be scary to people,” said Cincinnati attorney Jill Meyer, who specialises in free speech and media issues.

If I was him I would take the Father Jack hackett approach to apologies:

 


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  • Pete George

    But he’s not being made to do it, he has another choice if he doesn’t like doing it that way.

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