The Law On Facebook


Primary Materials
Social network services are increasingly being used in legal and criminal investigations. The information posted on sites such as Facebook has been used by police and university officials to prosecute users. The content that has been posted on Facebook has been used in court to determine his/ or her time sentence based on a defendant’s attitude. The content is basically used as evidence; evidence is information that indicates whether a belief or action is true. Facebook is being used by school administrations and law enforcement agencies a lot more now, as a source of evidence against student users. Many universities have prosecuted many of their students by collecting information on Facebook where the students are violating the university code of conduct or rules. Use of Social Network Websites in Investigations This link has been used as a source for my research over surveillance and Facebook. It gives multiple explanations of why and how the law uses social network websites for investigations. The source also provides many examples of investigations that were completed by social network websites. Many police departments around the country have begun to add Facebook into their policing efforts, using network to serve a variety of needs. They create pages to find missing people, to post useful information and tips, or the pages of criminal elements have led to arrests. Some of the police department pages are used to let the ones in their neighborhood or county about all newest news also be able to talk to the people of the public. The smaller departments often are the ones who create pages to keep in-touch with their residents for providing specific information, such as weather warnings or school closure. Officer Muntean of Massillon Police Department states, “I try to use it as an educational tool, it makes people’s lives a little easier and safer.” The police that are using Facebook on a daily basis to keep their district safe are very glad of their job and do it with a lot of pride. Police Use Facebook to Fight Crime This primary source is very useful because it has eight real-life investigations that have been solved because the criminal decide to use Facebook to show off and get caught of committing a crime. Every criminal that has been caught has been on the internet making slick or funny comments letting people know that they are avoiding the police but didn’t know the law enforcement were watching them. People have been prosecuted over Facebook because they are running from law or cyphering gas out of a local police car. This following link has eight different examples of how people where caught over Facebook just by broadcasting their rebel ways. Criminals Caught Through Facebook

So What

I am reaching out to all Facebook users, not only the delinquents but everyone. The reasoning for this research is that people need to be warned before they do something that jeopardize their life. Most people don’t know that their local law enforcement are their friend on Facebook, they think it’s just someone they never met. I know several people who have been caught by the law because they were on the run and continue using Facebook. They never knew that the law was friends with them on Facebook, until the enforcers said that they found him on Facebook and tracked him down. I know that they shouldn’t even be committing crimes but I guess if they put it on Facebook they deserve to get caught. The best way to not let any or anyone become a friend is to make your page private & you control who becomes your friend. The reason why I select Facebook users as my audience is because they should at least be warned before they decide to commit a crime and brag on the internet about it. Also, Facebook has been the most common place for law enforcement to catch a criminal or solve a crime. I will be adding that I know someone which he was caught over Facebook by the police and was arrested. I have a witness to contest that the law is on Facebook heavy and watching everyone a lot.

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