Could Your Social Media Threaten Your Social Security Disability Benefits?By Kenton Koszdin on July 13, 2020 | In Blogs
There are over 1 million people in the State of California today who receive Social Security Disability Benefits as a result of an injury or disability that prevents them from being able to work. These benefits are a saving grace for many people who would otherwise have lost their ability to maintain a source of income required to survive in today’s world. However, this doesn’t negate the fact that it can be difficult to adjust to life with a disability. Imagine that before your injury you were an avid tennis player who spent much of their free time playing with friends. After your injury, you may not have the full capacity to play. What if you still wanted to attend? What if you played lightly, modifying the sport to your needs, to keep your spirits up and to stay active?
Imagine that a picture of you participating in the event wound up on social media. The last thing you’d expect is that a picture posted on social media could potentially threaten your eligibility to continue receiving Social Security Disability Benefits, but in some rare cases, that could happen. While the chances are slim, it’s entirely possible that the Social Security Administration could view your social media account and use your posts, or posts that you’re tagged in, as a reason to investigate you for fraud.
While Social Security fraud is important to identify in order to preserve the integrity of the program, it serves as a reminder that social media can be easily misinterpreted if not carefully curated.
If you’re concerned about your posts on social media being misinterpreted and used as evidence to investigate suspected Social Security fraud, we have 3 important tips for your social media privacy settings:
- Start by setting your account to private – this allows only your ‘friends’ or ‘followers’ to view your posts and leaves the public view of your page relatively blank.
- Change your tagging preferences. You can modify your preferences to require your approval to be tagged in a post or picture before it becomes visible on your page.
- Double-check each post to make sure that its individual privacy settings are set to “Friends Only,” or “Friends of Friends,” depending on your personal comfort level.
In the rare event that your online presence comes into question regarding your Social Security disability benefits, you need an experienced attorney on your side. Our attorneys at Kenton Koszdin Law Office, Social Security attorney in Van Nuys specialize in social security disability claims and workers’ compensation. Don’t wait, call us today at 800.438.7734 for a free consultation.