Nephew Sues Uncle Over Awkward Facebook Photos

He cried harassment but lost in court
By Dustin Lushing,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 17, 2012 3:13 PM CST

(Newser) – Just about everyone has been tagged in at least one awkward Facebook photo, but not everyone has brought a lawsuit against an uncle for uploading such a photo. Minnesota's Aaron Olson did just that. His uncle posted childhood photos of Olson, including one in front of a Christmas tree, along with teasing comments. Olson was so miffed he sued his uncle for harassment—and lost the case, reports Above the Law blog, which rounds up coverage.

A district court scrapped the suit, and Olson's appeal to a higher court was denied. The state Court of Appeals decreed that "comments that are mean and disrespectful, coupled with innocuous family photos, do not affect a person’s safety, security, or privacy..." and therefore do not count as harassment. Adds Christopher Danzig at the ABL blog, "It sounds like there’s some serious family drama going on here."

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