Yes, this mess is for real.
Hey honey, seeing this photo makes me a little sad and I don't want others to see it. Would you please take it down? Also, you owe me $50,000.
We've all been there, feeling a little like a celeb TMZ victim after being snapshotted with a few extra chins and no makeup. There have definitely been times when you had to beg a friend, a more-than-a-friend, or basically a stranger to take down the horrendous photo of you off Facebook, Instagram, or any other form of social media where you think people care way more about pictures of you than they actually do.
Well it's being taken to the next level – America's legal system is here to protect the helpless victims of photo-uploading abuse with the new "Social Media Prenup." In other words, a legal clause protecting each spouse in the marriage can be inserted into a couple's prenup, stating that there could be no embarrassing, unflattering, or unwanted pictures of any sort on any form of social media. If an unwanted photo was not immediately cleared, consequences start getting expensive.
Lawyer Ann-Margaret Carrozza, who has had clients who used the social media prenup, spoke to ABC, explaining that the monetary value of the offensive photo varies based on the personal wealth of the offender. For example, for a New York City millionaire, "the clause we're using with it is $50,000 per episode" (post or tweet).
If I had a nickel – I mean, 50 grand – for every time I had to ask someone to take down a terrible picture of me…
Realistically, the social media prenup mostly focuses on agreeing what each partner in the marriage is allowed to share online, concerning personal information and intimate details of their lives, as opposed to a picture that shows a little bit of cellulite. This does seem more reasonable than an "I look fat" or "not wearing enough makeup" legal item.
And although this all sounds totally ridiculous, the times they are a-changin', and the ABC piece goes on to inform us that even though the social media clause is a new one, lawyers predict that more and more people will spread and gain popularity soon. Ah, technology.