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Does The Social Security Administration Check Your Social Media?

Cutter Hall Karlock, LLC Oct. 15, 2019

Ohio residents applying for Social Security Disability Insurance benefits may wish to consider whether their online presence appears as a reflection of reality. According to CBS News, your Instagram and Facebook posts may be evaluated as part of your SSDI claim. Whether diagnosed with a permanent disability or if you have a qualifying condition, the Social Security Administration may screen your social media profiles when applying for benefits.

To apply for SSDI benefits, a disability or qualifying condition must prevent you from working or carrying out your regular activities for at least 12 months. This may include lifting heavy objects and repetitive motion necessary for work such as typing. The Social Security Administration provides benefits to individuals who are determined to be unable to engage in substantial activity, but it does not mean that you cannot work at all. With SSDI, you may hold a part-time job and engage in physical activities as long as they do not exceed the limitations of your condition or disability.

Many social media users understand that you can alter the images you post online. It is not hard to make yourself look and feel better in your online presence. While we generally reveal our positive features and minimize the negative ones, Facebook and Instagram posts do not always portray an accurate reflection of our lives. Individuals sometimes place themselves in exaggerated poses over backgrounds taken at exotic locations, entertainment venues or sporting events. If you are posting images and concerned about how they might influence your SSDI claim, you may want to change your social media habits or privacy settings.

This information is provided for educational purposes only, and should not be interpreted as legal advice.