You have to be careful with what you put online, there are some things that you just don’t want other people to have.
Added to that, there are some things that it is nobody’s damn business that they know it. For example, the texting that went on between myself and members of the family following a recent death in the family. Nobody just deserves to see that.
Anyway, one of the things that you need to realize is that the majority of the social media companies out there are willing to hand over your information to the police at any random time.
Despite attempts to play down the use of Facebook amongst Capitol Hill rioters, the social media giant is furnishing the feds with data on users who took part in the siege, including their private messages, after calls from lawmakers to do so.
In a criminal complaint filed against New York resident Christopher M. Kelly on Wednesday, a search warrant on his Facebook account was revealed. After being tipped off about Facebook posts from an account belonging to Kelly containing images of him at the storming of the U.S. Capitol on January 6, the FBI sought his private messages, as well as his linked IP address, phone number and Gmail address.
According to the complaint, in another chat, on January 9, Kelly posted a photograph that appeared to show him with his top off, brandishing an American flag in front of the Capitol, telling the recipient: “That’s me,” and, ”My brother took it.”
Big Tech is tracking your every move
The IP log history provided by the social media giant was useful, too, showing IP address locations indicating he had traveled from New York to Silver Spring, Maryland, near Washington, D.C., on January 6.
There’s no indication that Kelly has been arrested, though an arrest warrant has been issued. He remains innocent until proven guilty.