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It seems as though there's a proposal circulating in the White House pertaining to those who receive Social Security disability benefits. The proposal would let investigators use someone's Facebook and Twitter as evidence that they are no disabled but are collecting disability checks from the government. So pretty much if someone claimed benefits for a back injury but was shown in a photo playing Frisbee, they could use it as evidence. A quote from the New York times sums up my opinion.
“It may be difficult to tell when a photograph was taken,” said Lisa D. Ekman, a lawyer who is the chairwoman of the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities, a coalition of advocacy groups. “Just because someone posted a photograph of them golfing or going fishing in February of 2019 does not mean that the activity occurred in 2019.”
Right now, disability examiners do not routinely use social media, but they can refer cases to the inspector general, who can use it to corroborate information. According to a financial report, Social Security estimated that it paid $3.4 billion in over payments to disability insurance beneficiaries back in 2017, mostly because they didn't report work activities. That's a lot of money going out, that's for sure. Still, I think that photos on social media can be deceiving, say your significant other or spouse takes a photo of you 2 years prior to your injury, but you don't post it until after. How can that be used as evidence then? Most of the time, people like to post photos of themselves when they're happy or enjoying something, and sometimes they're throwback photos. What does everyone else think of this? Do you think photos from social media is strong enough evidence to prove fraud?