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Unless you're advertising on it, using Facebook is like going to a restaurant for cannibals. You're not there for dinner, you're their dinner. Sure, there might be some pleasantries along the way, a nice fire, a warm bath, a massage maybe, but in the end, you're getting eaten.

As Ars Technica explains, when it comes to Facebook, users are the product, not the customer. Although there are some nice features that users get to take advantage of, at the end of the day, it's a user's data that is making the company money and being leveraged and sold for advertising, and other purposes.

Cryptocurrency Founders Charged With Fraud

Just when cryptocurrency was looking like a tech sector savior ...

Tech stocks have been taking on water recently, and plummeting Bitcoin shares have helped drag them down. Not to mention attacks from the President on Amazon and hackers on Facebook ...

It's almost like a conspiracy, like someone is after cryptocurrency. Oh wait, that would be the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Advising clients on how to handle their social media before and after filing a case is a minefield. The general consensus is that clients should not post anything about their case, and that posts and comments, even if not public, should be kept to a minimum.

A recent decision from New York Court of Appeal, the state's highest court, makes the above consensus even stronger. The court clarified that Facebook posts, if relevant to a case, cannot be withheld from discovery on privacy grounds. Although the court clearly expressed that individuals do have a privacy interest in what they post to Facebook, that interest, like the doctor-patient privilege, can be waived when it is relevant to the claims being made.

Googling a potential client should be part of any law firm's client intake process. After all, an adversary most certainly will, and it doesn't take more than a few minutes to find red flags that will warrant further research or discussion.

However, for many lawyers, knowing how deep you need to dig online for negative information about your potential client is a difficult question to answer. While criminal defense attorneys might not care what comes up, for civil practitioners, it matters. Generally, how much it matters will depend on the potential client and the type of case.

Below you can read about some of the flags that might warrant a deeper background check, and what to do if you find those flags.

Florida Supreme Court Goes Live on Facebook

Unlike the traditional approach of the federal courts, the Florida Supreme Court is opening its doors ever wider to the electronic media.

The state supreme court is broadcasting on Facebook, making it one of the first courts in the world to use social media for official live video. The inaugural program showcased Florida's annual pro bono awards, and will soon feature oral arguments.

It is a remarkable difference from federal courts, which have banned electronic coverage of court proceedings since 1946. It is not so surprising, however, because the Florida Supreme Court broke the mold long ago.

States Getting Ready for SCOTUS to Legalize Sports Betting

You can bet on anything -- even the highly anticipated decision by the U.S. Supreme Court on sports betting.

The Supreme Court is expected to decide this term whether sports betting should be legal everywhere in the United States. It is already legal in Delaware, Montana, Nevada, and Oregon; New Jersey is suing to make it legal there as well.

Legislators in 18 states are betting on a win with bills ready to regulate the industry. Of course, as any gambler knows, the house always wins.

Notable Legal Tweets of 2017

In the year of the "Twitter President," it's fitting that the most notable tweets involved President Donald Trump.

Trump managed to keep the social media company in the spotlight at a time when it was losing market share. Some predicted Twitter would not survive the year, but as the President's go-to platform, it is not going away anytime soon.

Here are some of the most notable tweets of 2017, and quite naturally they involve Trump. Even when he didn't start the conversations, he was in them.

What to Know About Twitter's Anti-Hate Speech Policy

People sometimes use Twitter for the wrong reasons, but Twitter is doing something right.

Following up on its campaign against revenge porn and harassment, the company has a new program to fight hate speech. Twitter already had policies to remove threats of violence, and now the company is drilling down on hateful imagery, symbols, and related behaviors -- especially against hate groups.

Twitter is focused on eliminating hate from its platform, starting with a video President Trump retweeted from a racist group called Britain First.

AlphaBay's PR Man Indicted

How in the world is AlphaBay's public relations man going to spin this?

Ronald L. Wheeler III, the PR man for the online drug dealer, has been indicted on charges of "conspiracy to commit access device fraud."

This man doesn't need a PR person; he needs a lawyer. If only he had one before he got involved with AlphaBay.

DOJ: Trump's Tweets Are Official Presidential Statements

As the 'Twitter President,' Donald Trump may leave a legacy to the law that will outlive his judicial appointments.

According to the Department of Justice, Trump's tweets are official statements of the White House and the President. It's hardly trivial because his tweets are at issue in more than one legal proceeding.

While relatively few lawyers will litigate over the President's tweets, Twitter statements may be admissible as official records for many others.