Facebook and Other Social Media Sites Are Used by the Police & Other Authorities

A hunter in Florida was recently arrested for hunting out of season and hunting an alligator without a permit. Police would never have known about the hunter’s activities if he had not posted an account of his activities complete with pictures on Facebook.

Both Florida criminal charges carry a maximum sentence of 60 days in county jail or a $500 fine.

Needless to say, only a day or two of jail plus the expense of paying bond, court costs, fines, and hiring a lawyer is enough to ruin most people financially. That means that in addition to not breaking the law to begin with, people should carefully consider what they want to say and what they want others to see before they post to social media sites.


Bankruptcy attorneys have recently commented on the likelihood of FB photos or other social media content being exploited by creditors to discover inaccuracies in a debtor’s Chapter 7 or Chapter 13 bankruptcy petition and schedules of assets.