Incriminating Yourself with Periscope

Incriminating Yourself with Periscope

Periscope is the newest social media app sensation that allows all users to get up close and very personal with anyone across the world.

According to the Periscope website, it was created because “we became fascinated by the idea of discovering the world through someone else’s eyes.”

In today’s age, everything is about sharing your life and thoughts with friends or anyone through social media, when does sharing become too much?

Of course all new social media is fun and exciting to try out but in the back of my mind I can’t help but to think of all of the dangers that can be attached to this new form of sharing.

The app Periscope allows anyone to broadcast themselves live at any moment for people all across the world.  Users can view anyone’s live broadcast from any part of the world by just simply clicking on the location they chose.

With apps starting to require or suggest your location, I can only help but to think, why does a social media app need my location and when does sharing has it’s boundaries?

Multiple cases have been caught on periscope making it easy for police to track down people using the app.

A Florida driver was tracked down in October of last year after expressing how drunk she was to her viewers on the app.  Some of the viewers tried to tell her to be careful while others decided to call the police. The police were able to locate her car and arrest the driver for DUI.

WSPA reported police did a drug bust on 20 people that were having a party with drugs and alcohol. It was reported that the police crew had been watching the party on Periscope, got a search warrant, and went to the house to take action.  All 20 people were arrested.

In 2016, we need to realize with so many options of media outlets to share, there has to be boundaries of what not to share.  If you haven’t thought about law enforcement using Periscope, Snapchat, Twitter, or Instagram to get you caught up in trouble, think again.

It’s an easy job because everything is documented so before you post, think will it land you behind bars?


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