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Milly Diaz
Milly Diaz
Associate Director of Social Media
24 November 2009

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According to new reports, a Canadian-woman lost her long-term health benefits because of pictures she posted on Facebook. The woman’s insurance company apparently accessed her Facebook profile and used posted pictures to build a case against her.

This reaffirms my position that there is no such thing as guaranteed privacy in any social media network. I won’t even allow ‘privacy settings’ to lull me into a false sense of security on any social network I’m a part of. I won’t post anything online that I would be embarrassed to talk to the Queen about.

Plus, what’s stopping people I’m connected to in those spaces from taking a screen grab of anything I’ve posted and passing it on?

Case in point, last week this picture (uploaded on to Facebook) of a gal called ‘Tasha’, doing what appears to be class A drugs, made the rounds on Twitter.

Some friends you have, eh, Tasha?

I saw this quote in a New York Times article yesterday that’s a good ‘rule of thumb’ to keep in mind as you do your social network posts, “Don’t say anything online that you wouldn’t want plastered on a billboard with your face on it.”

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