The student who posted offensive tweets following the collapse of Bolton Wanderers footballer Fabrice Muamba has lost his appeal against a 56 day prison sentence –
This emphasises again the need for great care in the use of Social Media. From the comfort of his living room Mr Stacey presumably felt that it was safe to post whatever he liked without considering the impact it would have.
Earlier this year a footballer got into trouble for posting a homophobic tweet –
And there was also the case of the barrister who was disciplined after insulting opponents using twitter.
We live in an age where social media seems to take over our lives. And there have been many benefits. I tweet on a regular basis.
But these cases demonstrate that posting on these sites does not place anybody above or outside of the law. Employees could lose their jobs or employers could find themselves sued simply because they decided to tweet first and think later.
Whenever you post something just stop and think –
Who is going to read this?
What effect will it have on them?
How might it rebound on me?
And then weigh up whether it is really worth it.