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5 Reasons You May Want to Quit Facebook

There are many reasons to quit Facebook. It may not have the “status” or “coolness” it once had in the past.

But there are more practical reasons to stay off and quit Facebook too, including some potential legal consequences.

Here are 5 reasons you may want to reconsider staying off Facebook for good:

  1. You can get fired over what you post. There are many different reasons why posting things on Facebook can get you fired. Many companies now search their employees Facebook pages to see what they are saying and doing.  For example, you could accidentally leak a company secret. Or you could simply discuss grievances about your bosses and colleagues.
  2. It can hurt you at a job interview. While it may be illegal in some states for prospective employers to ask for your social media passwords, they can still read your profile and make hiring decisions based on what they see and learn about you.
  3. Cyber-bullying. Facebook has increasing incidents of cyber-bullying. Minors have been ridiculed and harassed on Facebook, sometimes ending in tragic results. In some cases involving adults, Facebook threats have even gotten people in trouble for witness intimidation or terrorist threats.
  4. It could provide clues to lead to your arrest. If you are in trouble with the law and “hiding out”, having a Facebook account may not be the best idea. You could accidentally provide clues as to your location and police could have the ability to check to see where you are logging on.
  5. You could lose your court battle. Content from Facebook and other social media sites are increasingly popping up in lawsuits and being admitted as legal evidence. For example, in divorce cases, one party will use Facebook evidence to prove that the other party is hiding assets, is an unfit parent, or is just unbalanced. Remember that what you post on the Internet has the potential to remain there forever.