Why do Police ignore YouTube/Facebook threats

September 3, 2010 at 13:33:00
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My girlfriend and I are being harassed and physically threatened by someone on both Facebook and YouTube. They create a fake profile, post comments and we report them and the profiles are deleted. They then create another profile and do it again. I have contacted our local police department and they say it's not a crime to harass or threaten someone online until they ask for sex/money, steal something or assault someone. I have shown them our applicable Virginia state laws and they still refuse to investigate. Is this just something we will have to endure for the rest of our lives or until it stops? It's been ongoing for about a month now.

§ 18.2-60. Threats of death or bodily injury to a person or member of his family; threats to commit serious bodily harm to persons on school property; penalty.

A. 1. Any person who knowingly communicates, in a writing, including an electronically transmitted communication producing a visual or electronic message, a threat to kill or do bodily injury to a person, regarding that person or any member of his family, and the threat places such person in reasonable apprehension of death or bodily injury to himself or his family member, is guilty of a Class 6 felony. However, any person who violates this subsection with the intent to commit an act of terrorism as defined in § 18.2-46.4 is guilty of a Class 5 felony.

2. Any person who communicates a threat, in a writing, including an electronically transmitted communication producing a visual or electronic message, to kill or do bodily harm, (i) on the grounds or premises of any elementary, middle or secondary school property, (ii) at any elementary, middle or secondary school-sponsored event or (iii) on a school bus to any person or persons, regardless of whether the person who is the object of the threat actually receives the threat, and the threat would place the person who is the object of the threat in reasonable apprehension of death or bodily harm, is guilty of a Class 6 felony.

B. Any person who orally makes a threat to any employee of any elementary, middle or secondary school, while on a school bus, on school property or at a school-sponsored activity, to kill or to do bodily injury to such person, is guilty of a Class 1 misdemeanor.

A prosecution pursuant to this section may be either in the county, city or town in which the communication was made or received.

(Code 1950, § 18.1-257; 1960, c. 358; 1973, c. 118; 1975, cc. 14, 15; 1994, c. 265; 1998, cc. 687, 788; 2001, cc. 644, 653; 2002, cc. 588, 623.)

§ 18.2-152.7:1. Harassment by computer; penalty.

If any person, with the intent to coerce, intimidate, or harass any person, shall use a computer or computer network to communicate obscene, vulgar, profane, lewd, lascivious, or indecent language, or make any suggestion or proposal of an obscene nature, or threaten any illegal or immoral act, he shall be guilty of a Class 1 misdemeanor.

(2000, c. 849.)

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September 3, 2010 at 15:08:53
well you have done your research with the law i see ~~~~ i would start with face-book 1st .....you have security some what there .. GO TO PRIVACY SETTING > CLICK CUSTOMIZE you can make it to where only friends .i repeat FRIENDS ONLY.... not friends of friends.........
nor friend of friends friend brother or JOE BLOW .......YOU make it to where if u r not my FRIEND THEN U CAN C NOTHING OR ADD TO NOTHING
I HAVE ON MY PAGE NO MATTER WHAT IT IS .. THAT is your right to be able to make sure of that ...you can even make it to where your friends cant even view your stuff u can lock it down .. i would make sure all that is locked down as tight as u can get it.. under CUSTOMIZE SETTINGS and set it up the way u want u can customize everything u c there... then CLICK on INCLUDE ME NOW AFTER I CHECK IN HERE NOW --- CLICK EXAMPLE then it opens THINGS OTHERS SHARE CUSTOMIZE IT ALL THE WAY U NEED AND CUSTOMIZE YOUR CONTACT INFO 2 ...U SHOULD C THAT 2 IF U SCROLL DOWN FAR ENOUGH .. then they would have to send u a friend request AND u would have to accept for them to be able to post anything on your page.. you can even make to where random people cant send u request 2 You just have to make sure you know who you are adding 4 real before you add them.. and check account settings and privacy settings real good an make sure it is customized the way u need It for that type of stuff.... I AM SORRY THAT CRAP HAPPENS THERE R CRAZY PEOPLE IN THIS WORLD .....i hope this CAN HELP YOU u need more info with face-book i will help with what i can... as into You-tube i not real sure on privacy setting i have never uploaded or post anything there yet that's a differ Topic 4 me

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September 3, 2010 at 15:17:40
Thanks for your rapid reply! The first thing we did after blocking, reporting and deleting the comments was to change Privacy settings to ONLY allow "Friends" and not "Friends of Friends", "Everyone" etc. They created another fake profile and tried to add us again as well as several of our friends, but we blocked, deleted and reported that one also.

My goal is to expose this person in front of our mutual "real life" friends who all frequent the same bars and restaurants together in our small town of 67,000. There are only about 10-20 people who follow this one particular band to the three locations that have been mentioned by the harasser and it appears that they are upset about my videoing the band for the band's promotional use on YouTube and Facebook. The band is unwilling to get involved but wants us to continue shooting pictures and videos at their local shows, thus the dilemma.

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September 13, 2010 at 04:14:32
CORRECT !!!!!!!!!!!!by you changing your settings like that i am sure u wont have a problem with him getting threw that way on facebook .. ok great i am glade to hear that you guys are not just adding anybody ... just make sure to tell your peoples to be on a alert an not to just add anyone .... well you guys dont beat him up or hurt him to bad when u catch up with him just be smart about everything ..and i wish you the best if i can be of more assistance to you ..... you can always email me if i don't respond back .........xlxlx_l3g3nd_h4x0r_xlxlx@yahoo.com ..........................

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September 13, 2010 at 09:02:25
Harasser has been identified as an old online acquaintence of mine, Paul Y. Jones of Shropshire, UK, from WinMX chat who has been stalking me since 2005. He was using IP masking software to prevent us from tracing him. He went off his meds after losing his job and we convinced him to stop harassing us. We are happy that it wasn't anyone local from our own community as had been implied. So far so good. Thanks.

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September 13, 2010 at 09:51:14
great glade i could help

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September 13, 2010 at 10:21:15
You're welcome Paul.

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