The Liability of Posting Photos on Facebook

Sharing photos is one of the primary reasons we use Facebook. Posting these photos – most especially when they include other people or don’t belong to you – comes with legal and ethical responsibilities that should be taken into consideration. As such, publishing this kind of information on Facebook may provide the basis for a lawsuit.

Violation of privacy
If a photo is taken and posted on Facebook in a situation where you had a reasonable expectation of privacy, you can argue against its use. A cause of action often arises when such a photo creates a false impression or injures a person’s reputation.

Copyright infringement
You’ll be committing copyright infringement if you upload a photo that belongs to someone else without his or her consent. Facebook will also remove any content or information that infringes someone else’s rights or violates the law.

Photos of minors
There are risks associated with posting pictures and videos of children online. Don’t post photos of other peoples’ kids without their parents’ approval. Even when posting images of your children, know how much to share and never give away identifying information like full names, locations, school names, or other such details.

Think before you post
Sharing photos online has become so common such that most people don’t think twice before posting. Once posted, the pictures or videos can be shared, copied, or manipulated, which violates other people’s rights. Always be careful of what you reveal and post about others without their permission or you might face the consequences.

Talk to one of the professionals at JK Premier Marketing to learn more about Facebook management and the steps you can take to mitigate your exposures to such liabilities.