We rarely post on social media stories (mainly because they are classic “what were you thinking” gaffes), but a story from Astoria, Oregon regarding a Facebook post bears repeating.
Astoria police were alerted to a hit-and-run accident last week and did not have much to go on in solving the crime. They only knew that a white Toyota Scion had been hit and significantly damaged, and that several pieces of the offending vehicle’s tail light and bumper were left at the scene. Later in the day, police were alerted through their Facebook page to a post from the driver essentially admitting that he was driving drunk and was involved in a hit-and-run.
The post read “Drivin drunk… classic 😉 but to whoever’s vehicle I hit I am sorry. :P” The post matched the time that crash ostensibly occurred.
Police went to the man’s home and were able to match the damage to his vehicle to the pieces left at the accident scene. He was then arrested for leaving the scene of an accident.
While this story underscores the importance of not driving drunk, it also is a reminder that social media posts (i.e. statements on Facebook, Twitter and MySpace) are discoverable information that can be used against you in court. Essentially, there is no sense of privacy in social media sites, since they are viewed as public forums for people to share ideas with a multitude of people. So if you want to keep your transgressions private, do not post them on Facebook.
Source: DailyAstorian.com, Facebook post lands Astoria man in jail, January 4, 2013