Former Gun Store Owner IMPRISONED After Refusing to Hand Over Facebook Password

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In the age of online social media, legal questions sometimes arise that were not issues in previous years. Online threats and cybercrimes are now issues dealt with by lawyers and in one case, the issue of whether or not someone’s Facebook account is truly their own has entered the conversation surrounding American jurisprudence.
 Former Gun Store Owner IMPRISONED After Refusing to Hand Over Facebook Password
A former owner of a popular gun shop has been ordered to surrender his online Facebook account to the new owners of his shop and, having refused to hand over the password, is now being imprisoned.
The Blaze reports:
Jeremy Alcede doesn’t own Tactical Firearms shooting center anymore. Soon, he might not even own his Facebook page password.
Alcede was ordered to hand over his Facebook page’s password to the new owners when the business went bankrupt. He refused to provide it and was subsequently arrested for contempt of court on Wednesday.
“When they said they wanted the Facebook, I explained to the attorney who was representing the company that there is no company Facebook page and there’s just my personal page. And I asked her to convey that to the judge, and obviously it wasn’t conveyed,” Alcede told KTRK-TV.
While Alcede still owned the shooting center, though, he posted a number of politically related signs on the storefront, which he says helped him gain such online notoriety. Alcede is convinced that’s why the new owners want access to his Facebook page.
But the store’s new owner, John Boyert, told the outlet, ”At the point in time, he was an employee of the company and he was building that for the company regardless of who is owner or not.”
The judge has asked an outside party to count the number of personal posts as well as the number of business posts Alcede made in order to determine who will retain ownership of the page.
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