Though ignorance of the law is widely known to be indefensible in court, there are those who still try to make it work.
Such is the case when social media comes into play as evidence during a trial. There's no denying what you post often spreads like wildfire.
This <a href="http://www.telegraph.co.uk/comment/9656972/Ignorance-is-no-defence-on-Twitter-and-Facebook-warn-legal-experts.html">article</a>, published in <a href="http://www.telegraph.co.uk/">The Telegraph</a>, gives a clear example. It reports the following, "District Judge Andrew Shaw ordered nine people to pay footballer, Ched Evan's, rape victim £624 after they admitted disclosing her identity on Twitter and Facebook." The article further states that the defendants' claims of ignorance to their crime didn't matter. Hands down, they were guilty.
Now, some may contest that the defendants could have gone back and deleted their posts at the first sign of trouble, but as this <a title="Social Profile Ownership, Freedom of Speech, and eDiscovery" href="http://www.hanzoarchives.com/social-profile-ownership-freedom-of-speech-and-ediscovery/">Hanzo blog post</a> points out, that wouldn't work either. If the prosecution used social media archiving to capture and preserve the public-facing content the defendants posted, they'd meet the same fate - or worse. Hanzo's native format social media archiving technology captures the seen and unseen across many social media platforms.
The Telegraph's article continues to clearly state the obvious, which all social media users cannot continue to ignore: in this digital age, everyone is an author and, as such, are responsible for what they publish and liable for the associated laws.
On the web, secret conversations don't exist. You can find out massive amounts of information on an individual or company's opinions, personality, political and religious preferences - just about anything, really.
I wonder what it is about social media that seems to wipe away all traces of our collective common sense. If you don't want it discovered, don't put it out there. Andy Warhol's contention in 1968 that everyone in the future will have 15 minutes of fame can now span many lifetimes (especially in the case of social media archiving.) This can be good or detrimental or both.
The wisest thing to do is educate yourself on what technologies could hold you or your business accountable for the content you publish. To get started:
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Consider <a title="Contact Us" href="http://www.hanzoarchives.com/contact-us/">contacting Hanzo</a> for a one-on-one demo. Remember, in the digital age, ignorance is futile.