Social Media May Betray You

Social media is not your friend! It’s not a place to air your laundry or, as we’ve just learned, a place to bury your secrets. Anything said on social media can be used against you in the court of law. Case in point, the state of Nebraska is now using Facebook messages between a mother and daughter against the two in a criminal case.

Imagine your own words being used against you to bring forth felony charges. I’d be sick. That’s the case with a 17-year-old girl and her mother regarding what is said to be a Facebook conversation between the two about a planned abortion. The case is just getting started and all allegations must be scrutinized throughout the legal proceeding. But one thing is for certain and very disturbing: it is possible that your social media account may betray you.

A trial is set for October and I’m sure everyone will be tuned in for the outcome. Although most will watch and use this case to highlight their previous predictions as what may happen after the overturning of Roe v. Wade, there will be other who will watch this case to see how it affects privacy rights and concerns. While it’s always smart to read all terms of use/conditions when using any social media platform, the reality is that most do not. People tend to rush through the legalese in order to get to the purpose of the platform.

If this case isn’t the one to cause everyone to pause or demand more privacy protections with social media accounts, I wonder the type of case that will ignite an outcry.