I had an experience last week that caused me to be concerned about the need to protect myself from serious legal problems due to unwanted content being sent to me on social media or other online applications. I bought a new mini video camera to use as a sport/action cam and it requires an app to control it. One of the app features is the ability to easily upload and download content to social media. When I installed the app, and ran it for the 1st time, it immediately started to show me a video that was "hot and trending" from the content sharing section. The video was a 20 second selfie of a girl about 13 years old or so and she was exposing her bare upper body and giggling. I shut the thing off and then found out how to disable that particular feature to keep it from automatically showing me content from other people when I didn't ask for it. But it got me wondering what would happen if I just ignored stuff like this and allowed such material to exist on my phone. I'm guessing that knowingly having a video of an obviously young teenager displaying herself in the nude is probably some kind of sex crime - like possession of child pornography. What would happen if I lost my phone and someone found it and then opened the app while poking around? They would see this video and might turn it in to the police. I would be so screwed. At the very least, I would have to explain how it happened and then hope they believed me. Also, I'm not a regular user of social media but I do have an account of Facebook that I might use to check up on others every couple of weeks or so. Sometimes others will send me video and audio links and sometimes jokes or political opinions or maybe just pictures of cats being cute. Do I need to worry that people are sending me links to hate groups or terrorist organizations or pedophile rings or gun or drug trafficking rackets? Really, I don't want to be paranoid and I'm usually the last person to worry about things like this, but I honestly don't know how most of social media works and I often need help just being a typical online consumer and navigating ordinary commercial websites. I once did have a disgruntled former employee (I was her supervisor) stalk me online and create problems for me for almost a year so I can't help but be worried. I asked a few people I know about this and got mixed answers. Everything from telling me that there is nothing at all to be concerned about, to advising me that I risk being taken by scams or being targeted by the government every time I browse the interwebs. One of my friends informed me that all of his professional emails are monitored by the company that he works for and if anyone sends him any content that might be construed as sexually or racially offensive or in any way violates company policy then they would be fired. Zero tolerance. He said that if I sent him a "dumb blonde" joke and it just sat in the inbox without being deleted, then HR would be on his case in a minute. I didn't ask for this. Technology is supposed to make things easier for us. Not make us paranoid and miserable.