facebook/social media

can what i post on facebook be used against me if my profile is private? i just want to point out what my ex wife is doing to my kids by leaving them at home to go party when its her weekend to have them, and she does that during the week to?

Asked on March 19, 2016 under Family Law, Mississippi


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

A private profile makes it more difficult to get the information, but if someone does get, they can use it against you. (The constitutional protections for privacy and against certain kinds of search apply against the government, not private citizens.) It's like if you left something damaging written on a piece of paper inside a sealed envelop in your home; if a guest happened to pick it up, open it, and read it, the information could be used against you, notwithstanding that the writing was "private." Don't rely on privacy settings--don't post anything bad for you.

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