Is it illegal to screenshot someone’s text message and show someone else?
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Opening comment: The rapid growth of technology in this new "Information Age" cannot ever hope to create new laws as fast as the issues evolve and develop; and this question is a good example.
Answer: Using text messaging is just a new form of communication. Text messaging is instantaneous, but it is really no different than writing letters to people about people, or talking to people about people over a beer, or using the telephone to discuss people with other people, or sending email about people to other people, etc. etc. All of this backbiting can be grouped under the heading of human gossip.
In this case, you and your texting buddies apparently have been communicating about your own personal romantic experiences with the same young woman, who may or may not be telling all of you the same story. FYI, this situation is not new. Nor is a situation where some guy is lying to several different women he dates, some or all of whom are comparing notes with each other by text messaging, or whatever other means available. Fortunately for Americans, comparing notes is NOT a crime; neither is gossiping. At least not yet.
Moving this to the area of Privacy, but I am not aware of any prohibition against showing text messages to others.
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I would equate sending a text message to leaving a voice message on a phone or on an answering machine. There is no expectation of privacy
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