Man Doesn’t Like Facebook Photo Tags, Sues

    February 20, 2012
    Mike Fossum
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Minneapolis resident Aaron Olson really didn’t like the photos his uncle Randall posted on his Facebook Timeline. So, he sued for harrassment. Then lost. Then tried for an appeal. And lost again.

Randall Labrie posted reportedly embarrassing photos of Olson in front of a Christmas tree, and added snarky comments to the images. Olson didn’t take this too well, and filed a complaint, according to Newser. Olsen initially lost his case in a Minnesotan district court, and then moved on to the State Court of Appeals. There, Judge Natalie E. Hudson had this to say:

To constitute harassment, words must have a substantial adverse effect on the safety, security, or privacy of another. Comments that are mean and disrespectful, coupled with innocuous family photos, do not affect a person’s safety, security, or privacy — and certainly not substantially so. The district court did not err by determining that the evidence submitted by appellant did not satisfy the statutory definition of harassment.

Also, during the district court hearing, Olson represented himself pro se, like Ted Bundy did, and went on to complain of court bias against him, citing his socioeconomic status and religion. Over a Facebook wall photo. No mention of Olson’s age or sample photos could be found. Was it this one?

I wonder if Olson is aware that the majority of the readers of his story will possibly spend a bit of time searching for his shameful Christmas shots in question. While 83% of users from a recent poll find pre-tagging requests to be common courtesy, there are “delete,” “block,” “report user,” “suspend account,” etc. features that exist in Facebook, for free, (and always will be), that could be tried out before calling the law. Or even better, one could activate Facebook’s photo tagging approval feature. How bad could the pictures have been?

  • Pat Misterioso

    This story is hardly newsworthy. Can’t you find something more important that needs attention?

    • http://www.webpronews.com Michael Marr

      Pat Misterioso = Aaron Olsen?

    • Gojo

      That comment is hardly noteworthy. Can’t you find something more important that needs attention?

  • http://softmace.com Constantin Druc

    Maybe he’s too dumb and didn’t knew about those features. And where’s Facebook’s fault anyway? His uncle posted those photos, not fb.

  • http://www.LAokay.com Steve G

    We already have a do not call registry. Do we need a do not post photo registry now? LOL.

  • Sigdrifa

    This is interesting; in Germany he would definitely have won, because according to German law, unless you are person of public interest, you have the right to control what’s being published about you. If somebody wants to post a photo of you, they technically need your permission.

    Of course, in reality, things aren’t quite as simple. If your friends, or the people you call your friends, post pictures of you from last night’s party you’re not gonna go threaten them with a lawyer to force them to take them down. But still, if you took it to court you’d win.

  • http://internet.underceej.co.uk The Ceej

    He should have sued Facebook for allowing him to be tagged without his consent. He’d have won and Facebook would be slightly less of a threat.