Posting directly on clients Facebook?

I do freelance advertising/marketing.
I joined a client’s Facebook page as an editor,
under the impression, that I would have some creative control.
over the content, I put out without needing a review.

Instead, she is telling me what to design,
what to write, and what images to use,
in private and suggesting I post it …
but it’s often stuff that I don’t agree with…
or don’t understand fully…
or I think could be a liability risk…for her…
and possibly me by extension.

I’m realizing that my name will show up on the log,
and I will have no evidence of her telling me what to say,…
she could claim she never told me to say that…

Her first request…
involved advertising a grant she had found online…
that people could use for her services…
she created a program with the same name…
and wanted to advertise it…

I have no idea how Grant laws work…
I tried so hard to find information on it…
but couldn’t find anything on advertising a
grant that wasn’t directly given to you…

I was concerned she might be appropriating it as her own…
a little bit to heavily,focusing on the money and not the program…
and suggested a more toned-down approach…
she got defensive…and said I wasn’t following instructions…
then I suggested she could post the design herself if she was sure
it was appropriate…she never did…

this got me thinking,
could I be used as a pawn to post false/ illegal/fraudulent advertising,
and then take the hit if someone reports it?
to what extent could I be liable?

If your gut instinct is this strong, I’d drop it like a hot rock even if she gave full control to your design work. Why would it be profitable for you to work for this person?

As to how much of a hit you could take if called out? How well separated are your personal assets from your business assets? Cuz if you are not protected by being at least an LLC you might end up on the hook for all your valuables if pulled into some kind of lawsuit or scam.

Based on your words something doesn’t smell right.

You might try asking on https://www.reddit.com/r/legaladvice/. Some lawyers mod on there to filter out the junk advice.

I would NOT be posting anything under my name. If it’s her page … she posts it! End of story. Send her the designs and tell her you are not posting it. Don’t pussyfoot around. Be direct.

I would have insisted that my responsibilities and the client’s responsibilities were clearly spelled out in writing before starting the job, but it sounds like that’s water under the bridge. Not knowing the precise nature of the situation, I’m hesitant to give advice but based only on what you’ve said, I’d terminate my involvement if the client failed to address the following concerns to my satisfaction.

First, as a designer, when all a client wants from me is to do their bidding, I don’t want the work.

Second, I would not post anything to a client’s social media account under my personal account.

Third, If I have legal concerns that might affect me, I wouldn’t proceed. For that matter, if I have ethical or honesty concerns, I wouldn’t proceed. Taking it even a step further, when I personally have strong opinions about something that runs counter to my values, I won’t take the job.

What do you mean by this?

Are you saying that her potential customers could be eligible for a grant by a third party that they could then use for her services and she’s trying to encourage her audience to do this?

yeah…but she is taking it a step further…
Like grants have names,
so if it’s called “youth media streaming assistance grant”
and Netflix created a “youth media streaming assistance program” afterwards
and said this 10K grant is to watch shows on our platform…
contact us for more information…

So she is trying to covertly usurp all other options to the grant applicants.
Am I close?
Drop this one. Like a hot rock.

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this was about a year ago,
I didn’t post it but she found a graphic and posted it herself,
after that, she kept me on hiatus for about 5 months.

to clarify…from the outside it looks like she is posting,
it’s only on the inside that you can see the log of who posted what,
so technically she could still tell people I posted it…
but can’t prove it I guess…

anyways, now she wants me to transcribe text from an image.
but it might have incorrect information in it or spelling mistakes…
and I’m not sure if I need to fact check…or fix it…
and at what point does it become my text if I do…
or if it will look bad on a portfolio…

I mean one point says “call 911 if you are passed out”
should I change it to “if you may pass out, or recently fainted”
emergencies are not my area of expertise either,
I tried to inform myself but I again think it could be a liability risk,
if I don’t know what I’m advertising that could result in harm
…so I turned that down also.

I don’t know…I feel she should be thankful,
that I’m not just taking her money and putting her business at risk…
but she seems annoyed,.
and I’m not sure if I’m being overly cautious as a beginner.
or if I’m intentionally being kept in the dark…

You seem to be a glutton for punishment.
Especially if she needs a scapegoat bad enough to post something and say you did it.
Sever ties.
Completely.

As for that “Call 911 if you are passed out” are you sure it isn’t a satirical piece? I’ve heard something similar for a parody of phone voice directories, specifically, “Press 9 if you are unconscious.” LOL. It was a whole comic routine someone did at a convention I went to a while back.

^^This. That’s all the advice I can give.