When Facebook can be your “Foe”

Facebook has taken the world by storm and it the largest social media network.  It’s used by more than 500 million people.  Celebrities, businesses, politicians, seniors and kids alike all use Facebook.  The term “friending” on Facebook means to accept someone’s friend request.  If your information is private, they are then allowed to view your photos and information.  But just because your Facebook settings are private doesn’t always mean unattainable. If you are involved in a personal injury case Facebook can reveal information about you that you intended to keep more private. If you are claiming that you’ve been permanently injured and there’s a photo of you on your Facebook page where you appear to be jumping on a trampoline or surfing, and it’s dated only 2 weeks ago, that inconsistency is damaging.  Don’t think for a second that defense attorneys and insurance companies aren’t looking for your Facebook page.  They will look into whatever means necessary to deny you fair compensation.  If your settings are private, a defense attorney can subpoena social media information. There are a few ways to protect your personal privacy if you are injured and you have a Facebook page:
  • Disable your profile – just for the time being.  This is probably the safest way to prevent any possible complications involving Facebook.
  • Control privacy settings – if you don’t want to disable your account you can go into your settings and use the highest privacy setting offered.   You can even make yourself “unsearchable.”
  • Post wisely – photos, comments, etc… watch what you say and be mindful of the image that you are portraying on your account.  And never post anything about your legal matters.
  • Delete questionable content – if things you’ve posted in the past might paint the wrong picture you should remove them immediately.
  • Keep an eye on wall posts – both yours and your friends.  You may want to disable posts on your wall and the “tagging” option.  You can also ask friends to delete posts and photos that involve you.
  • Don’t accept unknown friend requests – if you don’t know them, don’t accept.  You never know who they might be.  And avoid responding to e-mails from unknown senders.
While these are good ways to help protect you in a personal injury case, they are not fool proof.  Use your best judgment when dealing with anything on Facebook. If you’ve been involved in an auto accident, motorcycle accident, trucking accident, or bicycle or pedestrian accident call the personal injury attorneys at Fisher Stark, P.A.  We are experienced trial attorneys that fight for the rights of our clients.  If you have any questions about a personal injury claim, call today at 828.505.4300.

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