A Danger of Social Websites Such as Facebook

ABAJournal.com reports

At a recent meeting, the Florida Board of Bar Examiners voted to review applicants’ social networking sites on a case-by-case basis, focusing on those who have demonstrated problem conduct in the past, reports the Florida Bar News.

Asked by the group’s Character and Fitness Committee whether all Florida bar forms should require applicants to list their social networking sites and grant access to the FBBE, however, the board decided to keep a low profile, according to the article.

Apparently, the board plans to avoid an upfront request to all applicants for access, explaining in a report (PDF) to the Florida Supreme Court that “in reaching this policy, the board reasoned that if applicants are required to provide access to their social websites, they are likely to delete any derogatory material before staff has the opportunity to review it.”

Forewarned is forearmed. Obviously, this applies to the attorneys who may be considering hiring a paralegal rather than paralegals. But, if the Bar is doing this to them, what are the chances they won’t think of doing it to their paralegals? What happens in Vegas, should stay in Vegas. Don’t put it on Facebook, mySpace or similar sites.

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