Another first for the Facebook social network: A Facebook status update posted on a person’s profile has been used as an alibi to effectively clear a teen of a crime.
Facebook status updated have broken up marriages, gotten employees fired, caused people to be arrested and convicted of crimes and now a man has had criminal charges against him dropped do to the date/time and location of a status update he posted to Facebook.
Rodney Bradford’s status update at 11:49 a.m. on October 17th on the social network was accepted by police and prosecutor as a legitimate alibi after he was arrested in connection with a mugging in NYC.
The district attorney subpoenaed Facebook to verify that the profile update was posted from a computer at the address of Bradford’s father in Harlem, where Bradford told police he was at the time of the crime.
However, criminal justice professionals warn that Facebook and other social network status updates should not be used for clearing people of alleged crimes, since anyone with a person’s username and password can access and update an online profile for someone.
Source: NY Times Blog