Over the last 10+ years, the ever-advancing world of technology has slowly shifted the way we communicate with one another. With many different social media platforms like Facebooks, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat making people more accessible than they have ever been before. However, being able to get ahold of people you may not have otherwise been able to speak to has also given others the ability to take a much closer look at your life as well. Sure, connecting with friends and family is wonderful, but social media platforms like the aforementioned are also starting to play a very large role in courtrooms all over the world. In fact, social media is likely one of the first places that an investigator or prosecutor will go if they are looking for evidence in criminal investigations. In this post, we are going to discuss how your social media profiles could cost you more than you imagine if you are not careful about what you are putting out there for the world to see.
It doesn’t matter if you have actually uploaded incriminating photos on your social media profile or if someone simply tagged you in a photo that can incriminate you, either of these pictures could be used against you in a criminal case. For instance, if you are posing with a firearm in a photo, that picture could be used to connect you to a crime that involved that same firearm.
We all know people who feel they have to post about everything they did or felt in a day on their social media accounts. The latter is what gets people in trouble most often. For example, if you have ever posted a status that said to the public that you wished you could cause harm to a certain person, and the following week you and that person get into a physical altercation, you might be plain out of luck. Assuming you are arrested and charged with assault, the post you made the previous week will likely be used by the prosecution to prove that your act was premeditated. This could be mean a much harsher sentencing.
Some social media platforms even give you the option to check-in where you are. However, if you choose to use the check-in feature, you could potentially be handing law enforcement a detailed account of your whereabouts at a particular time. If this lines up with the same period of time that a crime was committed, you could be charged with said crime.
What About Privacy Settings?
While you might think that your personal information cannot be accessed by certain people because of your social media privacy settings, this is not actually the case. Platforms like Facebook will openly cooperate with law enforcement authorities if they are asked to. This so-called ‘protected’ information won’t be protected for long when prosecutors are presenting it in a courtroom full of people.
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