Social media affects everything we do nowadays. Communication, information gathering and interaction with other people have never been the same since the advent of social media. With a few clicks, anyone can have an access on information about almost anything under the sun. The law is not exempt to the effects of social media. Here are some of the ways social media affects the practice of law.
Social media is teeming with potential legal liability. Something as seemingly harmless as getting images and posts online and sharing them may actually put you in trouble. Although it is tempting to say everything, from opinions to comments online, posting negative and baseless comments can actually be grounds for a defamation lawsuit. Just remember to be extra careful on what you post online. There has been a rise in defamation suits in the last few years. A simple negative review that defames a business or company could also be incriminating.
Your posts on social media sites, as long as they are relevant and authentic, may be used as evidence. With a simple click, you can download images and posts online and use them as proof. However, authenticity is a serious issue that must be considered because creating fake accounts and content online is easy. Social media sites have also been tool for intelligence-gathering for agencies.
Community policing is now even more effective thanks to social media sites. Citizens can now alert their communities on the latest crimes and missing people. There are also some instances when criminals were perpetrated because their whereabouts were found online. However, crimes like flash mobs, pedophilia, hacking and terrorism can easily be perpetrated online.
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With the vast amount of information available online, it is easy to gather information about people and their activities. Police can get information on criminal activities and suspicious people by tracking their presence online. However, criminals can also use the internet to gather information on their potential victims.
The vast influence of social media can be felt in almost every aspect of our lives. The impact of social media on the law is undeniable. People have developed the habit of posting every information about their personal and professional lives. However, any content about you can be used against you, so it is imperative that you exercise responsibility and caution when posting anything online. For your legal concerns regarding social media, it is best to consult a lawyer who will advise you of your rights and obligations under the law.
Written by Kellie Bertels, an attorney at Bandre, Hunt and Snider in Jefferson City, MO. Bandre, Hunt and Snider are the best attorneys Jefferson City MO have to offer.