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Nursing home workers investigated for Snapchat photo

6:13 PM, Sep 27, 2013   |    comments
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Fremont, Mich. (Sept. 27, 2013)

FREMONT, Mich. (WZZM) -- An employee at a Newaygo County nursing home is under investigation for allegedly taking an inappropriate picture of a patient and posting it on a social media app.

Michigan State Police confirmed they were called to the Newaygo Medical Care Facility Wednesday and are investigating an incident at the facility.

Sources tell WZZM 13 at least one employee and possibly others may have been involved in sending an inappropriate Snapchat picture of an elderly patient.

Snapchat is a smartphone app that allows you to take a picture, send it, and it will be deleted in 10 seconds or less. It's highly popular among teens, but experts warn that privacy is not guaranteed.

"Honestly, it's digital data, it's not going to disappear; it's somewhere on your phone," says Sasha Wolff, an IT & Social Media professional. "If you get any kind of security guy to hook it up to software, you're going to find those hidden folders."

The person who receives the Snapchat can take a screen grab of the picture before it disappears.

One employee at the nursing home did get their phone confiscated as part of the investigation. WZZM 13 News contacted the Newaygo Medical Care Facility and was told they had no comment.

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