Taiwan woman divorces husband who ignored her messages

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Line is the market leading messaging app in several Asian countries

Have you ever ignored your spouse’s text messages? Be warned: it could be used against you in court.

A woman in Taiwan has been granted a divorce, using the “Read” indicators on the Line messages she had sent to her husband as proof that he had been ignoring her.

The app showed he had opened the text messages, but didn’t reply to any of them.

A judge ruled in her favour earlier this month.

It’s called “blue-ticking” – a term that refers to the act of reading but not replying to someone’s messages. The concept comes from social media apps such as WhatsApp and Line, which use tick notifications to show when someone has received and read your message.

The judge in Hsinchu district’s family affairs court cited the ignored Line messages as key evidence of the woman’s marriage being beyond repair, ruling that she was therefore entitled to a divorce.

Over a period of about six months, the wife, surnamed Lin, sent her husband several text messages, including one after she was admitted to hospital because of a car accident, according to Judge Kao.

In one message she told her husband she was in the emergency room and asked why he simply read her messages but didn’t reply, she said.

Although her husband did visit her once in hospital, the court found that his subsequent ignoring of her messages was grounds for divorce.

“The defendant did not inquire about the plaintiff, and the information sent by the plaintiff was read but not replied to,” the court ruling said.

“The couple’s marriage is beyond repair.”

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