Ever wonder how different employers regulate the use of social media? The Huffington Post released an interesting article that, although a few years old, covered some interesting trends that arose in social media use in the office. Some of the more interesting points include the following:
- Almost 100% of companies now use social media in some way for their businesses
- There has been a 20% increase in the number of organizations that have formal social media policies from 2013-2014
- Fewer than 20% of organizations have provisions that protect against social media misuse by ex-employees
- To read more, please visit the original article from the Huffington Post by clicking here.
Social media use has many implications for clients pursuing a personal injury claim. Similar to applying for a job or being an employee within a company, your social media activity is not as private or as protected as you may think. For example, an innocent picture of you enjoying a short walk after your accident may be misconstrued as a full and complete recovery. Additionally, posts/comments from friends suggesting that you're healthier than you really are may come across as you being insincere about your injury as well. Social media may become dangerous for a case when certain pictures or comments are taken out of context and may be used against you. For this reason, if you are hesitant about posting a picture or writing a comment that you feel may be used against your case, use discretion and do not post that item. It may be even be better to not discuss your injury, and especially your legal claim, over Facebook at all. The only way to keep your personal life as private as you want it to be is to not post anything you wouldn't want everyone to know about.
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