Happy 10th birthday, Facebook! Not only has the social networking site gone from zero to more than 1 billion users over the past decade, but it's also served as fodder for countless legal blog posts here at FindLaw.com.
As you're probably well aware, Facebook use (and misuse) has led to firings, lawsuits, divorces, and even criminal charges. Since the inception of our legal blogs in 2005 (just a year after Facebook was founded), we've covered it all.
So to commemorate Facebook's 10th birthday, here are the 10 most popular Facebook-related blog posts from FindLaw's archives:
- 5 Reasons You May Want to Quit Facebook: Our 10th most popular Facebook-related blog post gave readers a few reasons to log off the site for good. After you see the rest of the Top 10, this may not seem like such a bad idea.
- Fired for Facebook Use: Numbers are Up: Facebook-related firings doubled between 2008 and 2009, according to a survey we blogged about back then. Fast-forward to 2013, when a FindLaw survey found 21 percent of young people had removed a social media post because they feared job-related repurcussions.
- Can I Get Fired for Posting on Twitter or Facebook?: Even before the 2009 survey was released, we gave readers a heads-up that Facebook-related firings appeared to be trending.
- Making a Fake Facebook Page is Identity Theft: Creating a phony profile to injure or defraud a victim can lead to criminal charges, as one woman found out the hard way. It probably didn't help that the alleged victim (the woman's ex-boyfriend) was a police officer.
- Unwanted Facebook Photo: Invasion of Privacy?: If someone takes your picture and posts it on Facebook without your permission, you can potentially sue for invasion of privacy if certain elements are met.
- Facebook Posts Can Haunt You: Discoverability in Litigation: Even lawyers are now on the lookout for Facebook posts (especially by opposing parties and opposing parties' lawyers), as they can and will be used against you in court.
- Anthony Stancl Update: Facebook Sex Scam Plea Deal: A male teenager posed as a girl on Facebook and tricked dozens of male classmates into sending him naked photos of themselves. He then tried to blackmail some of his victims before getting caught.
- 'Nazi Salute' on Facebook Gets Girls Basketball Team Disciplined: In another slam-dunk case of poor Facebook-related decision-making, teen basketball players got called to the principal's office after an offensive photo they posted went viral.
- Juror Expelled for Posting Verdict on Facebook: If you're serving on a jury, remember that using social media can get you in trouble -- especially if you reveal your bias in a status update before the trial is over.
- Teacher Fired Over Facebook Comments: Our No. 1 Facebook-related blog post involved a teacher who posted unkind words about her students ("germ bags") and their parents ("snobby," "arrogant") on her Facebook wall. Needless to say, she didn't make the grade.
Whatever legal issues arise during Facebook's next 10 years, rest assured our blogs will cover them. Make sure you don't miss a single post by following both FindLaw for Consumers and FindLaw for Legal Professionals on (what else?) Facebook.