Teen to Be Caned for Facebook Insult

Zimbabwe teen convicted of 'criminal insult'
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 21, 2012 1:37 AM CST
Updated Feb 21, 2012 1:56 AM CST
The 17-year-old told the judge that he was new to Facebook.   (AP Photo/Toby Talbot)

(Newser) – A Zimbabwe teenager's backside will be taking the heat for an ill-judged Facebook comment. The 17-year-old boy was convicted of "criminal insult," and sentenced to two strokes from a cane after taking a photograph of a woman, posting it on Facebook, and calling her a "typical prostitute," ABC reports. In his defense, he argued that he was new to Facebook. This is believed to be the African country's first Facebook-related caning, although not its first Facebook arrest: Zimbabweans have been jailed for making political comments on Facebook, including remarks supporting uprisings in North Africa. (Read more Zimbabwe stories.)

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