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How Social Media Could Affect Your Case

How Social Media Could Affect Your Legal Case

Most of us are familiar with how our lives have changed with the use of social media sites like Facebook and Twitter. You might be aware of how what you say online can affect your employment, but did you know that your Facebook or Twitter postings could also affect your legal proceedings?

With the recent NSA news affecting our privacy, it’s a good time to remind everyone how you should not post anything online that you wouldn’t want to be public knowledge. You might have all your social media settings on “private,” but that does not mean that they cannot be read by others outside your circle of friends. We’re not saying don’t use social media, but we are recommending that you make sure you are smart about the information you put on the internet. 

The Legal Intelligencer, recently posted a great video to demonstrate the emerging issue of social media law called “Twitter: A Sleeping Discovery Giant?”.   They review a great example of a personal injury lawsuit in which a plaintiff receives less money because of tweets made about her accident. Check out the video via this link:

Facebook is less than 10 years old and Twitter is even newer than that, so social media laws are still trying to catch-up to the changing technology. Your lawyer should be able to guide you through your legal needs and see how social media may affect your divorce, criminal case, law suit, etc. 


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