We have only seen the tip of the iceberg regarding social media harrassment or misuse. Australian Airline Jetstar has a male flight attendant who thought that it was socially acceptable to try to "friend" on Facebook a 15 year old female passenger. It appears that the airline employee obtained the female's name from her boarding pass.
This story reminds me of the old Seinfeld episode where Jerry gets the phone number of a woman he wants (and whom appears interested in him) to date off of an AIDS Walk list. At the time of the episode's original broadcast, this type of "ingenuity" was not socially acceptable and Jerry could not stop thinking about what would happen if the woman found out how he acquired her phone number. However, Jerry did not use private information that only an employee of a company could utilize to try to obtain a phone number.
Even though this occurred in Australia, and there has not been any litigation yet, I believe that this type of behavior has occurred in the United and will occur again here. I predict that there is going to be a tremendous amount of litigation in the future regarding social media misuse.
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