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SOCIAL MEDIA AND THE LAW

Apr 18 2016

We all read the many comments that friends, coworkers, and even strangers post on social media – the question is what shouldn’t you post. Even though some individuals think they are untraceable behind a screen, the law still applies online. Topics to avoid posting about include:

Unkind Statements About Another Person

Best practice is not to post anything unkind, or untrue about another person. If you are posting about someone it can lead to charges of defamation.

Comments About an Employer or Workplace

As social media has become commonly used, it is a source some employers explore before considering hiring. If they see anything on your social media accounts that they feel does not fit with the company values, it is a red flag for them to question if you are the best fit for the position. It is also something employers may monitor continually. Make sure that anything you post online is work appropriate, and you would feel comfortable with your employer reading it.

Comments or Photos Regarding an Accident

This is true for any accident, but specifically regarding personal injury claims. ICBC has the ability to monitor your social media after you have made a claim. They can deny a claim based on information they find on your various social media accounts.

Your social media posts could also significantly impact the amount of the settlement you receive. A portion of the compensation you receive after an accident is related to the amount your enjoyment of life is affected. One way ICBC can show this is by using before and after posts or photos from your accounts.

Be aware that what you post on social media can affect you, and the law does apply online.

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