Brilliant Judge Forces Divorcing Couple to Hand Over Facebook Passwords

keyboardA man and a woman, who were apparently in the middle of a nasty divorce, were both ordered by a judge to cough up their Facebook passwords. Because they can't play nice. See, the husband told his lawyer that his soon-to-be ex-wife's Facebook account contained the keys to his getting full custody of their kids -- and she was planning on, duh, deleting everything. So the Connecticut judge had both parties give their divorce lawyers, respectively, their passwords, which, side bar, violates Facebook's terms of service. Users are required to not to give out their passwords to anybody else.

Call me crazy, but I don't think this is out of line. In fact, I think such a thing oughta be a new rule for divorcing couples. Yeah, I said it.


People don't just break up or divorce anymore, they break up or divorce then taunt, stalk, prank, and bother each other via social media. There's no such thing as making a clean break. Your ex is always sort of in your life -- no matter how far they are from you geographically -- as long as the Internet exists.

Handing over Facebook or Twitter passwords may be a bit too big brother-y for most people's taste. Okay, truth be told, mine included, but I think giving up a Facebook or Twitter password is in order if a couple -- or heck, even an individual -- can't use either site responsibly, which, let's face it, is more often than not.

I really don't think that the Internet or social media is making people crazy. I think the Internet and social media is merely awakening the crazy in (already crazy) people that typically lie dormant. For instance, you or I would never torch somebody's house for unfriending us on Facebook -- but the woman who would (and did) should have to hand over her password. Because she's irresponsible. And kind of dangerous.

So, see, the whole handing over a password thing would really just be on a case-by-case basis, and it would be for the good of the (sane) people. If it seems like a storm of nutso could possibly ensue from a person merely having access to sites like Facebook and Twitter, fork it over. If not, no harm, no foul.

Do you think people who irresponsibly use social networking sites should be required to give up their password?


Image via basheertome/Flickr

Read More >