Social media has changed the way we communicate and view the world, and for many people, it’s our main source of information. We share and post about everything-our stories, complaints, triumphs and tragedies. We follow the daily happenings of our friends and get the latest news updates.
For a lot of us, it has become second nature to use social media. And because it’s an everyday part of our lives, often nothing is off limits. However, sharing on social media might also mean unintentionally communicating information that you might otherwise avoid sharing with the public, especially if you’re involved in a court case.
Proceed with caution
If you’re in the midst of a lawsuit of any kind, social media posts can have unforeseen complications-possibly incriminating you and damaging your case. Attorneys, employers and insurance company representatives will look for any information they can find to use against you, and a social media post can have far-reaching implications.
Information found, even seemingly innocent information, can incriminate you. Social media posts can make the discovery process for attorneys much easier and anything you do-and post about-could be taken out of context.
It may be tempting to disparage your employer on social media, but making negative comments about your boss or employer, or even liking another’s post that does the same, can backfire and show a lack of loyalty or negative feelings about your employer. Likewise, posting vacation photos when you are on leave from work-sick or otherwise-can cost you your job.
Limit social media use
While you’re involved in any lawsuit, it’s best to refrain from using social media and especially from posting information. What you post on social media can give the wrong idea and can be used against you in court. Until your case is settled, it’s best to fly under the radar.