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Social Security Proposes Monitoring Social Media For Evidence Of Fraud

Posted by John Kuhnlein | Mar 28, 2019 | 0 Comments

The Social Security Administration, in concert with President Trump, is proposing to use such social media as Facebook to help determine if Social Security disability beneficiaries are truly unable to work.  

A Simple But Disturbing Idea

The idea is as simple as it is disturbing: Social Security essentially wants the right to view social media postings to see who is doing what.  For example, a Social Security disability beneficiary who claims a

Ha, Ha! Fooled Them!

bad back but posts an image of himself cutting down trees. 

It Seems Reasonable . . .

On the surface of it, there does not seem to be a genuine objection to this plan. After all, people post pictures and videos of themselves voluntarily.  Social Security has a need to root out fraud.  They are looking at the same

I Mean, I Hate The Poor, But . . .

media that is available to anyone.

Every Picture Tells A Story

But, it is not quite this simple. First, a photograph or even a video does not tell a complete story.  Even the most disabled people have good days. When they are having a good day, the disabled typically try to make the most of it. This means getting out and accomplishing things.  These same people are not

I Want To Report This Young Woman.

likely to post pictures of themselves lain up in bed for the next three days. Also, some disabilities simply do not show up in photographs. Think of people with epilepsy. They can appear hale and hearty when not having a seizure. 

The Harm That Men Do

You cannot discount the risk of people posting misleading media about the disabled. In my experience,

The 1st Call I Make Is To Social Security

almost all Social Security fraud investigations start with an angry ex-friend or jealous family member making a report.  Think how easy it would be for these sorts of people to cause all manner of trouble for the disabled by posting old or edited photographs.

A Chilling Effect On Free Speech?

In addition, Social Security's proposed plan would have a chilling effect on the disabled. Knowing that Social Security might be watching them could cause some Social Security disability beneficiaries to not post anything at all on social media.

I Seem To Come Up Here A Lot
Risk Is Probably Non-Existent

In any event, Social Security is slow and inefficient at everything they do. This includes finding fraud. The risk to the disabled of being found out on social media is about zero.  

What Would The NRA Do?

That said, it is troubling that a branch of the Federal government is proposing to monitor citizens like this. Imagine the reaction if the FBI said they planned to monitor social media to ensure that gun owners were using their weapons

Not Such A Good Idea Anymore. Huh?


About the Author

John Kuhnlein

Since 1992, I have been helping the people of Southern Arizona get the benefits they are due. Before devoting all my efforts to assisting people with Social Security disability claims, I also handled such complex lawsuits as medical malpractice and products liability. I brought to my Social Security cases all the skills and attention to detail that I developed in the courtroom. I approach each Social Security disability case as if it were a million-dollar lawsuit. For the people trying to get Social Security benefits, their claim is every bit as important. Because I have personally handled so many Social Security cases, I have refined the skills I need to win your case for you. I have helped people win cases for every kind of ailment from arthritis to valley fever. At present, I am focused on helping those persons with neurological and orthopedic disorders. Because claims for people over age fifty bring additional complications, I particularly seek out those cases to work on. I regularly write about back and spine conditions on my blog. I actively seek out the latest information about orthopedic and neurological disorders to ensure I can represent my clients as effectively as possible. Because of my current focus, I regret that I am not able to take any cases for mental disorders. If you are over age fifty and suffer from any orthopedic or neurological disorder, please contact me at once.


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