Social media has integrated itself into many aspects of our daily lives. People use it to stay in touch with friends, keep up with the news, and stay connected with the world around them. However, because people put so much of their lives on the internet for others to see, social media must be used with caution. For instance, if you’ve recently been the victim of a violent crime, a photo or location check-in that may seem harmless could actually provide someone with the information they need to track you down. You may be surprised by how many criminal cases have a social media component.
If you have been a victim of violent crime, there are a couple of things you should know about managing your social media accounts during this time:
- Make your accounts private. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and even YouTube have privacy settings that allow you to limit who can see your posts. It is extremely important to go through your social media accounts and ensure that information about you (i.e. your full name, location, who your friends are, where you to school or work, etc.) does not fall into the wrong hands.
- Do not post about the crime. If you’ve been the victim of a violent crime, don’t post about it on social media. This is a matter that should be kept between you and the police. Because of the nature of social media, which is one large interconnected sharing network, posting about your experience online could compromise your safety and privacy if it eventually gets back to the perpetrator or someone he or she knows.
Your safety and security are a top priority after a violent crime. Before you post anything on social media, take a moment to think about what information you may be inadvertently providing to others. You shouldn’t have to give up your social media presence altogether, but until your case is resolved, it is a good idea to use discretion when you’re online.
Pratt Clay, LLC has years of experience advocating for victims of violent crime in Atlanta. If you are a crime victim and have questions about your rights, please contact our firm to speak with an attorney during a free initial consultation. We can be reached at 404-566-9460 .