A few weeks back, I commented on Brian Wassom’s January 5th Mashable article: 5 Predictions for Social Media Law in 2012
My comment was:
"so, is time to start worrying about the business of illegal post stuffing/purging of our social media timelines by criminal parties for those with ulterior motives?"
The comment didn’t generate any responses but it should be a concern for us all. Another article referenced in a comment from Darren Heitner was regarding our Facebook post’s discoverability. The abstract follows:
ABSTRACT: Facebook has revolutionized the way that people communicate and do business by providing an open and connected environment for individuals and businesses alike. This openness has largely contributed to both its popularity and success. However, enjoying the openness of this revolutionary platform may come at an unexpected cost, especially for those who do not understand how the website’s content may be used as evidence in a lawsuit. Darren Heitner demonstrates how content published on a person’s Facebook account may be discoverable for the purposes of litigation, even when the information sought is unavailable through Facebook’s privacy settings.
Note, that despite privacy settings and whether they work as described by Facebook (another concern of mine), all of your posts are discoverable. I believe this should be limited to what was shared based on the expectation how it was shared ie: public (friends of friends) vs a semi private (friends only) conversation, or private (one on one chat) but that is not the way it goes. Again, this does not even take into account whether the privacy settings work as Facebook says they do when other Facebook users browse your timeline or photos and potentially worse, when you have no understanding of the actual access a Facebook partner has to your friends, timelines etc. For instance, is that partner granted access as a friend, a friend of a friend, or is it’s access as if it were you yourself? If you are not careful, it’s very scary what could be exposed to an audience other than what you believed, expected (or intended) based on your privacy settings.