What Should I Avoid Saying on Facebook and Other Forms of Social Media?
Social media has changed our lives over the past several years – in good ways and also not-so-good ways. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and other social media platforms enable us to stay in touch with family and friends, post our opinions, share interesting news stories and blogs, and post photos.
However, if you're involved in an accident, you need to be careful what you post. Here's why:
- If you were injured at work and are receiving Workers' Compensation, your employer's insurance company is allowed to follow you and spy on you. That includes watching your social media activity.
- There's a lot of debate right now regarding privacy settings and whether information posted on the Internet is ‘public.' It's better to be safe than sorry. Don't post information about your accident or injuries, anyone to blame, bad-mouth the other people or companies involved in your accident, etc.
It's good to keep a journal documenting your recovery, including photos. However, just be sure to keep it private. Information can be misinterpreted. Don't put it out on the Internet, where you're never sure who can see it.
We encourage you to share this with your family and friends – especially teens and younger adults who spend a lot of time using social media or tag people in photos.