Forcing spouse to close FB account does not constitute stalking in Italy

by Roberta Lunghini - 2017.01.05
Forcing spouse to close FB account does not constitute stalking in Italy
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In Italy, an individual cannot be condemned for stalking if his/her behavior forces a spouse to cancel a Facebook account. The Supreme Court overturned a prior sentence pronounced by the Appeals Court of Milan, which had condemned a man for stalking because his oppressive behavior forced his “ex” to close her FB account. The Supreme Judges explained that the physical and verbal abuse that brought the woman to close her account did not constitute stalking because she was not forced to change her daily life and normal routines. The Judges went on to explain further the motivation for their decision: she had the opportunity to participate in many other social network sites and her choice to close the FB account was not, in any event, irreversible.