Now that we’re past the 2016 Presidential election, social media continues to buzz about its outcome. As the discussion continues to take place about the results and the future of the United States, many are taking to the internet to voice their jubilation, objections, and concerns. While all American citizens enjoy the freedom of speech, as guaranteed by the First Amendment, many may find themselves in a compromising position by the comments they leave online.
As the media, our co-workers and neighbors implore they we respect each others opinions, many find the need to insult, degrade and put the American political system, politicians,and fellow voters. There seems to be a need to vent their frustrations, hatred, and intolerance. While they have a right to do so, it can bring about serious ramifications. Such is the case in West Virginia, where a town official was released from their position for alleged racist comments in response to an online social media post.
According to website, onlinereputationreviews.com, even though social media posters believe that their comments are permitted by the First Amendment, it doesn’t shield them from criticism, reaction and punitive actions from others. Feeling the need to prove a point, such comments will remain their Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and countless other social media accounts. Once posted, it’s there for good, there’s no erase button and that’s where the problem begins.
When looking for a job, a potential employer will have no problem finding these comments on the Internet. While they may never know why they didn’t get that nice position with the company, or a self-employed contractor can understand why he wasn’t awarded that fat contract, it could be attributed to their online comments. They may believe it’s their right to express themselves, many others may find offense to it and hold it unknowingly against them. But remember, social media posts can always be found with an Internet search. Employment applications, job contracts, and even college admissions can be comprised with online comments. Even your current customers may take offense to your comments and take their business somewhere else.
So what do you do when you feel the need to comment on any situation and you want the world to know? Before you start banging on the keyboard to post on social media, ask yourself, “Will my reputation be affected by my online comments?”