Today, Fox 43 posted a story about an Alabama High School student that posted a pretty inappropriate picture to Instagram. What did the student post? She posted a selfie with a dead body while on a Biology field trip. The picture shows the student smiling next to the cadaver with the sheet pulled back. Pulling the sheet back alone is against the rules at the University of Alabama lab, let alone the use of any recording device.
What I find interesting about this story, is that the picture was posted on a private Instagram account. Some people think, just because they lock their account to be viewable to only to their followers, that they are safe to post what they want. This story shows that whether or not your account is private is irrelevant, because any follower can simply save a picture from a locked account and do with it what they wish. This is how the High School found out about the picture; one of the student’s fellow classmates took a screen capture and called the school about it. The lesson to be learned here: if you’re going to post content to your social media account that is sensitive or may get you in trouble, locking your account to be viewable to only your friends and/or followers doesn’t protect you from others seeing that content.