Twitter Regrets: Judge Bans Social Media Posts

November 20, 2013 12:41 AM

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Posted: Nov 19, 2013 4:11 PM by Morgan Frances - Updated: Nov 19, 2013 7:16 PM

CORPUS CHRISTI - It can be pretty easy to sum up a thought on social media. All it takes is a hashtag (#). How many people out there using social media like Instagram, Facebook and Twitter have hashtag regrets?

While social media has made communication a lot easier, it's safe to say it has also provided us with a lot of #fail moments. They say a picture is worth 1,000 words but what is 140 characters worth? Judge Brent Chesney, who works on child custody cases, says 140 characters can change a person's life. In fact, he says Twitter and Facebook posts have had an impact on some of his cases.

"Someone came into my court and said this is my side of the story," Chesney recalled, "and then the other side said, 'Well, Judge, here's their Facebook or Tweet that says exactly the opposite.'"

That's why Judge Chesney has actually banned certain social media usage for families going through his court. Post anything negative about another parent, family member or even the custody battle and face consequences.

"Since those standing orders were in place, I haven't had a lot of those problems," Chesney said, "Those characters, if they're not carefully stated, can really come back to hurt someone in a court proceeding."

When asked what his "dumbest" post was, Kevin Serna said, "Me sitting on the toilet looking for a job while a picture was taken of me and posted."

Perhaps banning bickering on social media, when it comes to court cases, could save a lot of people from having to put their virtual foot in their viral mouths.

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