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Social Media Is Now A Tool For Law Enforcement

Recently, we can not deny how strong social media and networking is. This is a wonderful received current information on how family and friends are doing. Additionally, it is a fast developing medium for people to obtain daily information. Then there exists the law and the police force. Law enforcement firms from all levels of the government are progressively checking social media to find evidence and facts about criminal offenses.

Fact is that several agencies have a special department that focuses exclusively on social media. Clearly, people have to understand precisely what shouldn’t be published on social networks. On the other hand, many people tend to post dubious, unjustified, unlawful information on the internet. Among the most recent reports that got the interest of the authorities is the story of Steve.

The Story of Steve

Stevens published a gruesome video clip on Facebook. The video shows him shooting another male that eventually killed him in Cleveland, Ohio. He also claimed in the video that he has killed more people in the past. The law enforcement was promptly informed and warned residents of Cleveland City to keep their guard and stay indoors as much as they can. Stevens had immediately become a person of interest, thought to be armed and dangerous. Thus a nationwide man-hunt for Steven had begun.

Who knows if Steven had been caught and posted a bail bond? Regardless, bail vs bond or bail bond, the thing is that Steven is still considered innocent until proven guilty. Scary? Yes, it is.

Although the video clip had been put down, it just shows that social media is a strong source of information and that netizens wouldn’t pass on some gruesome posts like this. Both social media companies and law enforcement agencies take posts like this seriously even posts of threats that are meant to be a joke because crime is not a joking matter.

Other posts that can get you in trouble

Another kind of published content that may fall into a legal issue is your photo in a place that could be accessed only by intrusions or illegal means. This occurs very often if the place provides a nice view which that person has to take for an Instagram post.

Don’t publish an image of your name engraved in a tree in a state park, or on protected American land native to the people. You can be summoned for this too. A good example of this is Vanessa Hudgens, singer, and actress who got summoned because of this behavior.

These are posts that you don’t really intend to post to harm anyone. However, irresponsible posting can put you in trouble with the authorities.

The main point here is that through social media networks, people live a life that others can see, not only family and friends whom you intended the post for. Men and women in social media love talking, gossiping, sharing, and judging. Everybody becomes a professional critic. People can immediately make something spread like a virus. And even if the post had been deleted, you may never know if a copy leaked out.

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