Wear Your Heart on Your Sleeve, But Keep Your Facebook Business Private
Love has never been simple, but Facebook sure doesn't seem to help with things. A woman in Michigan is asking for $8,386.88 from a man she met on Facebook after their relationship went sour. She filed the suit for "misrepresentation, promissory estoppel, defamation of character and intentional infliction of emotional distress." The woman said she felt her reputation was damaged because of the things he posted that could be seen by their mutual friends on Facebook.
So how did these two go from Mafia Wars sweethearts (yes, they did meet playing that game) to filing civil lawsuits? Apparently the woman, Cheryl Gray, and Wylie Iwan became Facebook friends after playing Mafia Wars together. Their relationship continued to progress with phone calls, email, texting, and their own private group page where they exchanged messages. Gray sent Iwan gifts and bought a ticket to go visit him. A few days before the visit was supposed to happen Iwan told her he had met someone.
That's when the trouble (and contradictory stories) began: she posted comments about how Iwan led her on, he posted a derogatory comment about Gray, she claims he posted "vulgar" things on her wall, he claims they were just friends, and she created a hate group about him, claiming he was on online predator (the order of these events is up for debate).
What do you think? Will the court be tolerant of all this he said, she said business? What should we take away from this social networking romance gone awry?