Even if you’re speaking in private, you might want to think carefully about what you say on Facebook. A new court ruling has determined that anything you say or do on the social network can be used against you in the court of law. The courts have just ruled that if you share something on Facebook in private, your friend can give that info to the police without invading your privacy.
The case involved alleged gang member Melvin Colon. Colon’s attorneys argued that their client’s constitutional right to privacy was violated when police used the profile of one of his friends to view his account. US District Judge William Pauley III argued that Colon’s admissions of violence were not private and that they could be used against him in the court of law.
But did you ever really think that the things you say on your Facebook wall were private anyway? Some of us might expect that private messages are going to be protected. But apparently not.
Also in Facebook legal news, the courts have ruled that it is unconstitutional to deliver a summons via Facebook. The court also ruled that a “like” on Facebook is not constitutionally free speech.