Court's ruling on 'fraping' sets legal precedent
IT'S something many of us have done as a practical joke. But an altogether more serious version of what is often referred to as 'fraping' has cost one man €2,000 and a criminal conviction.
'Fraping' is the process of accessing someone's Facebook feed and posting an embarrassing 'status update' as a prank. In an era of ubiquitous smartphones and Facebook members (well over half of all Irish adults are signed up, according to recent research), it is sometimes regarded as an occupational hazard. Teenagers and young people often engage in it light-heartedly.
But yesterday's court ruling could make us think twice about interfering with another's social media feed.