So, i was posting on the wall of a friend in facebook today, alluding to how we should steal my car back from the fascist towing company who took it. I realize it’s probably a bad idea to even hint at this, but what the hell. I can account for my time, and i truly have no intentions of stealing it.
Regardless, it occurred to me that it’s getting easier & easier to damage a reputation online, or to frame someone for a crime they didn’t do.
Imagine if i wanted someone knocked off. If i wanted to create a convincing argument for another person, i could simply log into the framed person’s account, and post a menacing statement like: “I hate everybody today. I think i’m gonna snap soon. @#$# _______” Cheesy? Sure. But convincing enough for a jury? We will see. It’s now a matter of a public record (how much so depends on your privacy concerns / settings), and can be used against you.
I think we’re going to see a lot more of this type of evidence in the future. Here are a couple examples of it being used in court (drunk driving cases):