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Q.  I have a restraining order filed against me.  Can I still "poke" that person on Facebook?

A:  It depends on the terms of the restraining order, but the answer is probably "no".

A Hendersonville woman was arrested for virtually “poking” someone on the social networking site Facebook.

Shannon D. Jackson, 36, was arrested Friday, Sept. 25 for allegedly violating an order of protection.

According to the affidavit filed in Sumner County General Sessions Court, Jackson is accused of using the “poke” option on Facebook to contact a Hendersonville woman, thus violating the terms of the order of protection, which stipulates “no telephoning, contacting or otherwise communicating with the petitioner.”

Poking is a feature unique to Facebook that conveys no other message but informing a user they have been “poked” by another user.

Of course, this incident begs a question.  Since you can only "poke" your friends, why wasn't this Shannon D. Jackson already blocked by the alleged victim?