Here in Florida recently, a judge ruled in an ongoing high-profile case that
a person's Twitter and Facebook's posts were allowed to be accessed by the
defense team. Click here to read the full story. While this was
simply a discovery and procedures hearing at this time and the attorneys for
Twitter and Facebook may still get involved, the question still remains. Just
how much are you protected on Twitter and Facebook? Are your Tweets and
Facebook posts protected by free speech or can the courts subpena your records?
The answer may surprise you. With Twitter, you have little or no recourse when
you post. It is a public forum for all to see. Most courts agree. With
Facebook however, there have been some issues as you have more privacy settings
to use and if you use them and are saying things that you only want certain
people to see and someone else grabs those or your hit with a court order to
produce them, you do have some recourse if you can prove your privacy settings
were in place and your comments or pictures were private and someone violated
that policy. I am not nor do I claim to be a legal expert but here is a link to
some very good information I found to your privacy in social media.
"Privacy Rights Clearing House" I encourage you to really think hard before
you post and think about what you say. Read the privacy polices in detail of
Facebook and Twitter. Posting in the heat of anger, or saying something you
may think is funny at the time can have a backlash on you. Be it your friends,
company you work for everyone, one way or another may see your posts.
Things go viral in a hurry in this digital age we live in. Check your Facebook
page privacy settings. Who do you want to see your pictures or posts?
Take "time" to be responsible so you yourselfmay not face "doing time."
Roy has over 30 years experience in the broadcasting and marketing fields. He carries strong credentials in mass media, social media, advertising, marketing, public relations, and video production. Mr. Garton is also a professional actor and voice-over talent.
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