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Woman Sues Facebook After Getting Banned

Some people rely on Facebook for many things. It's a social networking tool that nearly everyone uses. For Karen Beth Young of Maryland, her access to Facebook was worth driving across the country for.

Young was banned from Facebook in July because her use of it was against terms of service. The notice she received from Facebook reads the following:

Your account was disabled because your behavior on the site was identified as harassing or threatening to other people on Facebook. Prohibited behavior includes, but is not limited to:

Young decided to appeal anyway – by hopping into her station wagon and driving all the way from Maryland to Facebook's office in California.

Amusingly, the Facebook receptionist wasn't impressed by her cross-country trek. “She told me, ‘Oh, people have driven farther than you, from Canada,’” said Young.

Young filled out a form and her account was reinstated – much to her joy, but discovered that she was banned again by the time she returned back home to Maryland.

She wasn't without fault, however, as she used Facebook for more than talking with friends. Since she joined in February 2010, she had amassed more than 4,000 friends, most of whom she did not know. She used the site to promote cancer awareness.

Young is now suing Facebook for violation of her constitutional rights, and violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act. You see, Young suffers from bipolar disorder.

The legal system doesn't appear to be swayed by her claims. California Judge Jeremy Fogel wrote, “As presently drafted, the complaint appears to be without merit in that it fails to set forth a cognizable claim. The remaining claims do not explain adequately how Plaintiff’s rights have been violated and the legal basis upon which relief may be granted.”

(Source: Forbes.)

  • eklipz330
    Woman Fails to Sue Facebook After Getting Banned

  • reciprocalinhibition
    We've got a 302 patient going public. At least it won't take much to get her under psychiatric consultation... Good cause or not Facebook has become a virus.
  • dan117
    Who uses facebook for talking? That's what skype, Yahoo Messenger etc is for.
    Also, why would you send a friend request to someone you don't know?
  • samdsox
    lol obbsessed much?
  • scione
    Sigh, some people, I mean kudos for trying to raise cancer awareness, but was it really worth it to drive all that way just for a facebook account? Most people I know dont even check if they know the person friend requesting them, some of them just hit add for the sake of it.
  • long2know
    Actually, she did sue. She did not fail to sue. But, you could say her suing was unsuccessful.
  • wishmaster12
    maybe shes crazy? or has everyone in the USA and Canada after her, or the tv is talking to her, or the radio people are talking about her, or the cia is talking satilite pictures of her? who knows?
  • bak0n
    I'm going to sue her for misrepresenting people with bipolar disorder.
  • alextheblue
    Wow... somebody forgot to take their meds.
  • jeraldjunkmail
    I'm sorry for saying it, but tragically funny. Facebook is just a website that feeds on your egomania. More funny than tragic IMHO.