After a chaotic night of unrest in Chicago where stores and property were destroyed, city officials briefly raised bridges and shut down public transport. According to police reports, social media posts were heavily used to organize the looting spree.
On August 11th, FOX 32’s Scott Schneider and Anita Padilla interviewed Social Media attorney, Daliah Saper. In her interview, Daliah explained that law enforcement is increasingly using social media to track illegal activity. Individuals who publish posts that direct or threaten imminent harm to a person or property can face criminal prosecution.
“The context of the post is important and often requires additional investigation,” Daliah said, adding that simply making offensive or false statements is typically not illegal per se.