Many of our readers in New Jersey likely participate in various social media sites, either by viewing them regularly or by creating content themselves. Just a few years ago these media outlets didn't even exist, but now they are so much a part of our culture that seemingly everyone is involved. The White House's Facebook page has more than a million and a half "likes," for example, and Pope Benedict XVI recently began sending updates from a papal Twitter account.
With all this information floating around, there are bound to be cases when people share too much information about themselves, or at least give the impression that they are doing so. Such a case is now being played out where a man's Facebook page might be his downfall in a child support battle he is waging with the mother of his 6-year-old daughter.
People involved in sensitive matters such as divorces or workers' compensation fights have seen their cases crumble when pictures surfaced on social media sites showing them in intimate moments with people who were not their spouses, for example, or jumping on trampolines when they claimed they were suffering from a broken neck.
In the child support case, a man who claims he is financially unable to pay child support posted pictures of himself holding large amounts of cash on Facebook. The man says the money isn't his and it's just a picture -- though his daughter's mother says it is indicative of the wealth she says he is hiding.
Perhaps bolstering the man's case is another photo that shows him depicted in a painting outside Buckingham Palace in England. The man says that image came from an app he had downloaded and just goes to show that just about any kind of image can be produced online -- including ones that are clearly not based in reality.
Source: WISN, "Facebook page at center of child-support case," Dec. 10, 2012