Criminal Law, Social Media

Is Facebook the Police Department’s New Confidential Informant?

Beware what you say to your friends on Facebook, there may be a confidential informant eavesdropping on you.  A July 12th report by indicates that social media websites, including Facebook, are now monitoring its users’ chats for criminal activity and suspicious behavior.  Facebook’s own Chief Security Officer has admitted at least one person has been brought to trial directly as a result of this new chat scanning program.

What does this mean for you?  Well, presumably, the scanning program can not distinguish sarcasm and jokes from legitimate criminal content, so if you are kidding around with your friends and chatting about “what would happen if we….”, you may well be the next person Facebook calls the police about.

If you think you or one of your friends may have actually committed a crime, DO NOT chat about it on a social media website!  You should contact an attorney and have a private confidential conversation to find out if you have in fact broken the law, and if so, what you should do next.

If you need to speak with a Criminal Defense Attorney, call my office at 410-828-8500 for a free telephone consultation.


About jimcorleylaw

Maryland Attorney, focusing on Criminal Defense and Personal Injury cases. Centrally located in Baltimore County, near Towson.


One thought on “Is Facebook the Police Department’s New Confidential Informant?

  1. Reblogged this on Mindin Law and commented:
    Must be careful with what kind of information you make available on social media these days.

    Posted by Leon Mindin | August 2, 2012, 6:47 pm

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