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Inmates harass victims via Facebook
http://apnews.myway.com/article/20111121/D9R50SUG0.html ^ | 11/22/2011 | DON THOMPSON

Posted on 11/21/2011 6:22:36 AM PST by Morgana

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Lisa Gesik hesitates to log into her Facebook account nowadays because of unwanted "friend" requests, not from long-ago classmates but from the ex-husband now in prison for kidnapping her and her daughter.

Neither Gesik nor prison officials can prove her ex-husband is sending her the messages, which feature photos of him wearing his prison blues and dark sunglasses, arms crossed as he poses in front of a prison gate. It doesn't matter if he's sending them or someone else is - the Newport, Ore., woman is afraid and, as the days tick down to his January release, is considering going into hiding with her 12-year-old daughter.

"It's just being victimized all over again," she said.

Across the U.S. and beyond, inmates are using social networks and the growing numbers of smartphones smuggled into prisons and jails to harass their victims or accusers and intimidate witnesses. California corrections officials who monitor social networking sites said they have found many instances in which inmates taunted victims or made unwanted sexual advances.

(Excerpt) Read more at apnews.myway.com ...


TOPICS: Chit/Chat
KEYWORDS: crime; criminals; facebook; harassment; sourcetitlenoturl

1 posted on 11/21/2011 6:22:37 AM PST by Morgana
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To: Morgana

If I were in such a situation, you can bet your life I wouldn’t be on one of those sites. I’d be sinking below the radar.


2 posted on 11/21/2011 6:28:50 AM PST by Silentgypsy (If this creature is not stopped it could make its way to Novosibirsk!)
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To: Morgana

Can someone explain the attraction of these social media sites like Facebook?

I’ve never figured out why anyone would waste their time on a web site that exposes the user to loss of privacy and worse(job loss, loss of reputation, criminals, etc). They are intended as a honey pot to attract and collect information for others. I see nothing positive and lots of potential negatives.


3 posted on 11/21/2011 6:36:34 AM PST by apoliticalone (Honest govt. that operates in the interest of US sovereignty and the people, not global $$$)
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To: apoliticalone
Can someone explain the attraction of these social media sites like Facebook?

If you don't get it by now, then, no, no one can explain it to you.

4 posted on 11/21/2011 6:37:54 AM PST by Future Snake Eater (Don't stop. Keep moving!)
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To: Silentgypsy

The problem with facebook is people give too much information. One does not need to tell everything. Just a name will be fine if trying to find old classmates and such. Some people give phone numbers, hometowns and all. Too much information.


5 posted on 11/21/2011 6:41:59 AM PST by Morgana (This space for rent.........cheap)
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To: Morgana

Lazy prison guards not doing their job. Or taking bribes to bring the phones into the prisoners.


6 posted on 11/21/2011 6:42:47 AM PST by DMG2FUN
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To: apoliticalone

Some, like me want to connect with old college buddies or friends from the past. It is a great way to find long lost people.

Others just have no life at all and hang out there for something to do.


7 posted on 11/21/2011 6:44:12 AM PST by Morgana (This space for rent.........cheap)
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To: apoliticalone
Can someone explain the attraction of these social media sites like Facebook?

Facebook makes it really easy to stay in touch with family and friends, to know what's going on in everybody's lives, school reunions, etc.

That being said, due to security and privacy reasons, I'm closing my facebook account down very soon. I've been talking about Facebook security and privacy issues for a couple of years and trying to convince others not to put too much information out there (including not using their real name) but it's all falling on deaf ears. A lot of people are simply apathetic to their own security and privacy issues.

8 posted on 11/21/2011 6:52:39 AM PST by scripter ("You don't have a soul. You are a soul. You have a body." - C.S. Lewis)
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To: scripter
As you stated, Facebook is good for staying in touch with family and friends. I think the trouble starts when people accept or seek "friend requests" from people they barely know, or even know at all. Especially with younger people, who seem to be in a competition with their peers to see who can have the most "friends" on Facebook.

If you are very careful with your friend requests and only friend people you know very well, Facebook can be a good social tool. Even so, there are certain things you do not want to put online that you are not comfortable with both family and friends knowing about. For example, you might be tempted to post a picture of yourself drunk at a party with a lampshade on your head that your friends will get a kick out of, but your grandmother or your aunt in Iowa might not care for it too much.

Google appears to have a better solution with their social networking (Google Plus). You maintain several groups such as family, friends and co-workers and you can have them in silos where something you post to your friends cannot be seen by family or co-workers.

9 posted on 11/21/2011 7:03:59 AM PST by SamAdams76 (Herman Cain 2012)
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To: Morgana
I bet there is no Internet access in Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio's jails.
10 posted on 11/21/2011 7:10:11 AM PST by TexasCajun (Fast & Furious , Solyndra & Light Squared would be enough to impeach any White President !!)
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To: Morgana

Facebook is just a small part of the problem. Inmates with facebook access to facebook seems to be correctional direction gone wrong. Who knows who they are stalking and what they are planning and with all the info available on facebook, we are permitting the perverts and crimanals to continue their behavior.


11 posted on 11/21/2011 7:10:31 AM PST by nomobs
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To: Morgana

So prisoners are allowed to use computers and access the Internet?


12 posted on 11/21/2011 7:20:42 AM PST by Fiji Hill
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To: Morgana

No internet in prison - problem solved.


13 posted on 11/21/2011 7:22:26 AM PST by 5thGenTexan
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To: apoliticalone
Can someone explain the attraction of these social media sites like Facebook?
I don't get it either. I don't tweet, I don't facebook - I don't even text on my cellphone.
My guess is it's the "hey look at me" factor, plus an escape from reality.
Since we're all creatures of habit, once they get started they're hooked, like a drug.
Why else would anyone jeopardize their lives texting while driving a car? Insane.
14 posted on 11/21/2011 7:36:57 AM PST by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: apoliticalone

Obviously there are good reasons, which is why everyone uses it. But like everything that’s meant for good, there is abuse, illegal activity and craziness. But for now I believe the pros outweigh the cons. As someone who is running for office I can tell you it is a fast and free way to get my message out. Actually, it has been invaluable.


15 posted on 11/21/2011 8:38:26 AM PST by Hildy ("When the debate is lost, slander becomes the tool of the loser." - SocratesH)
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To: Morgana

uh....get off of facebook!!!

I keep telling folks it is a REAL SECURITY RISK, and keep getting these naive, tin foil hat responses, like “so is the phone book”....

It’s a back door to take over your computer and that is what the Fed’s are telling their contractor employees.

Don’t complain to me if you haven’t received notice or didn’t recognize the implications when you received it.


16 posted on 11/21/2011 8:47:03 AM PST by G Larry (Catholic Conservative Supporting Israel!)
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To: apoliticalone

Obviously there are good reasons, which is why everyone uses it. But like everything that’s meant for good, there is abuse, illegal activity and craziness. But for now I believe the pros outweigh the cons. As someone who is running for office I can tell you it is a fast and free way to get my message out. Actually, it has been invaluable.


17 posted on 11/21/2011 8:58:49 AM PST by Hildy ("When the debate is lost, slander becomes the tool of the loser." - SocratesH)
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To: SamAdams76
I think the trouble starts when people accept or seek "friend requests" from people they barely know, or even know at all.

That's definitely a problem for some people. We keep a close watch on whom our kids befriend and they have to ask permission before accepting facebook friendships. I'm canceling my account for very different reasons. Here are some of the reasons which you probably already know, I'm just including the information here for others.

Facebook applications are developed, maintained, and managed by third-party companies who can sell the information.

Facebook has in the past made private information public. Anything posted on Facebook, even information sent to someone privately should always be considered publicly available.

I have an email address for Facebook only. Sometimes people will try to befriend me using my personal email address or other email addresses. I have to be careful not to click on the requests before checking to what email address the request was sent, otherwise Facebook has yet another email address on me.

You can't delete anything on Facebook, just hide it. This includes photos, posts, pokes, etc. Everything is archived and never deleted unless you take the steps to completely delete your account here: How to permanently delete your facebook account

Two interesting links:

Fib on Facebook? U.S. Law Calls It Criminal, Critics Warn

Austrian student takes on Facebook

Facebook's facial recognition software is definitely a concern.

Everybody should go to their favorite search engine and search:

  1. facebook security
  2. facebook connect security
Through facebook connect, facebook can track you when you're on other websites. Even if you never log in to facebook again, facebook can track you through facebook connect until you remove all your facebook cookies. And they can sell this information to anybody. So one thing I'll also do is remove all the facebook cookies on all my computers.

Facebook has an option to download a copy of your facebook data. Check it out in your account settings and you'll see everything you've ever posted or messaged.

18 posted on 11/21/2011 9:08:35 AM PST by scripter ("You don't have a soul. You are a soul. You have a body." - C.S. Lewis)
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To: Morgana

She needs to learn how to block her profile from receiving unwanted messages and requests and still allow her to communicate with her family and friends. Yes it can be done with a few simple clicks, but I guess its easier to squawk about it to the world


19 posted on 11/21/2011 9:11:52 AM PST by boxerblues
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To: G Larry
I keep telling folks it is a REAL SECURITY RISK...

That's how I see it too.

20 posted on 11/21/2011 9:12:49 AM PST by scripter ("You don't have a soul. You are a soul. You have a body." - C.S. Lewis)
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To: Morgana; apoliticalone

>>Some, like me want to connect with old college buddies or friends from the past.

Same here. I don’t post anything that would result in a loss of privacy, loss of job, or anything else. People who do are naive.


21 posted on 11/21/2011 9:19:06 AM PST by Betis70 (Bruins!)
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To: Morgana

Exactly the same reason I deleted my facebook account. Having a bat-sh!t crazy ex-wife in prison, set for a parole hearing in less than a year, I’m covering my tracks and “dissapearing” into the woods w/ my kids.


22 posted on 11/21/2011 9:49:25 AM PST by ItsOurTimeNow ("Go now. Run along and tell your Xerxes that he faces Free Men here...not slaves.")
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To: ItsOurTimeNow

Smart move, social networking is nothing but trouble and the wrecker of lives ...


23 posted on 11/21/2011 9:50:23 AM PST by Scythian
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To: boxerblues

“She needs to learn how to block her profile from receiving unwanted messages and requests and still allow her to communicate with her family and friends. Yes it can be done with a few simple clicks, but I guess its easier to squawk about it to the world”


True - and now her hubby knows that his psyops are working. Facebook is an enabler for those who really should just STFU sometimes.


24 posted on 11/21/2011 10:04:04 AM PST by freedomlover (Make sure you're in love - before you move in the heavy stuff)
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To: freedomlover

Facebook should change its name to Drama Queens and Kings. I have a lot of friends there that post way too much of their lives, minute by minute details then complain they are being stalked by their ex’s.


25 posted on 11/21/2011 11:28:46 AM PST by boxerblues
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