How to protect yourself - legally - from social media

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  1. hbarcat

    hbarcat Supporting Member

    Aug 24, 2006
    Rochelle, Illinois
    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.
     
  2. Step 1, delete your BookFace.
     
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  3. fhm555

    fhm555 So FOS my eyes are brown

    Feb 16, 2011
    I tried FB when i launched a product for r/c car racers. My distributor asked me to join and sign up on several groups to hell field product related questions. I opened an account under the name of the company producing the product and used the product logo as my avatar so users would recognize me and proceeded to field questions from users. The product became wildly popular and was blowing up in the SE and spreading west and north at a rapid pace. As so often happens, competiton got angry then get petty and the next thing i know i’m locked out of FB because of complaints i’m not who my name says i am. I am required to send a copy of my DL to FB to unlock my account so i just dump everything related to it and let my distributor know what happened so he can get the word out. Fast forward a few years and i’m moving info from an old computer to a new one and run across my FB login info. I try it and it works, and i’ve got reems of hate mail support mail offers for anything you can think of and on and on and on, including tons of stuff i’m pretty sure would be hard to explain if it was an investigator sitiing across the table asking questions. I dumped it all and set my account to not be able to receive anything but all that did was slow it down to stuff from FB admin and advertisers. I’m trying to learn to kill the beast before i wind up bitten, but so far i’m too inept to figure it out. I may have to enlist my nephew’s help and live with the humiliation that will come with such an ask.
    I’m now part of the “too afraid to sign up for anything new” club. I won’t get email through windows because i’ve got to give windows permission to read and rspind to any and all of my contacts without my permission to certain accounts, and i’m just not trusting enough to go there.
    I’m truly becoming so out of step with the times i’m afraid i’m going to fade from the grid before i fade from the world.
     
  4. viribus

    viribus Gold Supporting Member

    Jan 1, 2011
    Pacific Northwest
    I never actually learned to play very well
    What in the heck is the brand of mini/sports cam that came with that?

    I’d return it or at least immediately delete the app. Do not underestimate the risk.
     
  5. I wouldn't touch that video app EVER again or just to delete it.
    I've heard other small business get burned by competitors creating fake Facebook accounts to trash their competition.
    The counterfeits have also becomea plague on facebook
    Police and other enforcement, like Fish and Game, the ATF....they ALL visit forums, Facebook to find people breaking the law
     
  6. viribus

    viribus Gold Supporting Member

    Jan 1, 2011
    Pacific Northwest
    I never actually learned to play very well
    Someone gets a bee in their bonnet about YOU and next thing you know you’re asked to explain why you viewed that video.

    Nope. No thanks. Not clicking.

    The best protection is STAY AWAY FROM IT.
     
  7. Jeff Scott

    Jeff Scott Rickenbacker guru..........

    Apr 11, 2006
    Out there!
    Not to make light of this but the first thing that came to mind was this:

     
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  8. yodedude2

    yodedude2 Supporting Member

    Nov 19, 2005
    san antonio, texas
    it used to be that the d.a. would buy some witnesses, or the man would frame you, or you would get drafted. now, they simply check your internet stuff. boom. they've got ya.

    yes, i know that's not very helpful. just saying, it's the same old game with a different name.
     
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  9. hbarcat

    hbarcat Supporting Member

    Aug 24, 2006
    Rochelle, Illinois
    Thanks for the answers, everyone. The mini-cam I bought was the "YI Action" that cost $70. I returned it yesterday.

    I did a search for instances of people being prosecuted for unknowingly receiving files or data from others that was deemed a crime for some reason. It turns out that it's relatively common with many cases being when two minor teens are dating and one of them sends a sexually explicit video of themselves to thw other. They show to their friends, who then tell others, and teachers find out about it and call the police.
     
  10. Badwater

    Badwater

    Jan 12, 2017
    1st and foremost, never look at any pedofile porn to begin with. 2nd, avoid any social media sites. 3rd, get a good lawyer.
     
  11. Well from the sound of it, the app showed you this video, you did not search it out, so my guess is that it would be very hard to prosecute anybody simply on the grounds that it was shown to them against their will. However, I don't trust any social media platform or app which does not filter or moderate content or ban abusive users, and I agree with the assessment made by others in this thread that you cannot be too careful.
    My rule is be careful and CYA. If it looks shifty, it is.
     
  12. viribus

    viribus Gold Supporting Member

    Jan 1, 2011
    Pacific Northwest
    I never actually learned to play very well
    You don’t want to ever be in the position of having to explain something like that, even when it’s unintentional.
     
  13. fingerguy

    fingerguy Inactive

    Aug 2, 2016
    CT
    The #1 solution that guarantees to work is below.
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    GET OFF SOCIAL MEDIA!!!