caught through Facebook

Primary Sources

One of my primary sources is from a journal/blog that lawyers use to communicate and talk to each other from all around the world. The journal that I read was about how you can be incriminated from things that you post on social media networks such as Facebook and Twitter. In such cases as in Michigan, where a man was charged for polygamy after posting pictures of a second marriage on Facebook. After getting married shortly after they met, the man failed to return home from a bar one night and fled to Michigan where he later got married to a new wife, but he was still married to his first one. His first wife saw the pictures, who he was separated from but not divorced yet, and alert the authorities then later used the pictures as evidence in court. The journal gives more examples and cases of other instances that have led to people being incriminated because of posts. The blog also talks about how you can be arrested because you "checked in" and you later testify in court with a different place than where you checked in at. The journal also provides some tips and helpful information on how to keep your stuff private and out of hands of people who might use the information against you.

So What?

In my research I plan to reach pretty much anybody who uses any social media network because I want to find out what the rights of the person who is using the particular site. I plan on finding out what your rights are and if it is legal to use somebody's Facebook as evidence and then arrest them or even someone posting something about their boss and them later seeing and firing that person like in such cases as Michigan with the man who got caught for polygamy. There are many cases other than the one previously stated such as people being caught in a lie because they checked in on Facebook in one place and claimed that they were at another. This information is important because with all the recent advances in technology and social media, there needs to be clear lines about what can and what cannot be used in the court of law against you. Such articles like Facebook, Twitter, and The Law are helpful to get scholarly opinions and advice about what truly are the laws.

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