Better put those Facebook and Twitter privacy levels on high alert because lawyers have just been given the green light to research potential jurors’ social media accounts.
Yes, all of your embarrassing status updates and Instagram snapshots can and will be used against you in a court of law.
The American Bar Association has now deemed the practice ethical, however, it advises lawyers against following or friending anyone in the jury pool.
“I think this opens the door for there to be a company that will clean up your social media accounts, especially if you’re a kid coming out of college or young adult and you’re looking for a job and a potential employer is scouring your social media sites trying to get to know you better,” Carson explained.
“Even just through a simple Google search,” he continued. “They might stumble upon, you know, you might have a MySpace account that’s still around with those spring break photos on it.”
Producer Angie admitted she’d pay good money for that kind of service.
“Yes, make me presentable to the business world,” she told Carson. “Your stuff is public. It’s on the internet. Once it’s there, it’s there forever.”
-Sarah Carroll, 97.1 AMP Radio/Los Angeles