Being “open” on Facebook

As a non-monogamous person, what's the best way to handle your relationship status on Facebook? Cunning Minx wrote a post on this issue. It's important to remember, she says, that Facebook's privacy settings are tricky and employers may be able to access sensitive information that you list on your profile. And those aren't the only people who might be able to see it. As she explains,

. . . the internet and social sites such as Facebook have indeed changed things. Your boyfriend’s public open status does affect you in many ways, not the least of which is that now anyone with mutual Facebook friends can discover you are poly. For most people, this might be a public embarrassment or cause some eyebrow raises at the office or at Thanksgiving, nothing more. If that’s the case, no worries. But keep in mind that in addition to your your mom and grandma being able to discover your open status, that bitter ex-husband might also see that Facebook status. And unfortunately, that documentation has been used in child custody cases to argue against a person being a fit parent.

I don't mean to be too gloom and doom here. The point is that since data lives forever online and Facebook has shameful privacy policies, it is perfectly acceptable -- nay, it’s your responsibility -- to discuss public online disclosures of your relationship status in order to protect your own privacy.

Read the rest, and leave a comment about how you navigate social media, on Cunning Minx's post.

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