How not to write a social media statement.

It’s the coming thing – having a social media policy. Cases such as Wetherspoons vs Preece illustrate the value of having one but there’s good ‘uns and inevitably bad ‘uns.

A family member recently accepted a job in a ski-ing company and they included the following in their T & Cs about Social Media. What do you think of it?

So a young person who’s going out with his mates for a few beers after work needs to seek legal advice before letting alcohol pass his lips in case he says something he wasn’t planning to say about his employer.

You can imagine two young thrusting lawyers sitting in  a bar.

  • “What’s your line then?”
  • “I look after unwittingly defaming people on social media”
  • “Business good?”
  • “Never better”

Do you commit libel? Sounds a bit strong.., Do Drivers commit speed? Do shoplifters commit shoplifting.

How can you tell you’ll unwittingly do something? Or to  really screw it up how can you tell you’ll wittingly do something?

You can’t express your views while you are employed by this company (but it’s only seasonal so by Easter you can say what you want again (Err… no. This contract forbids you from speaking out for the remaining 75 years of your life (my family member is one of those lucky people who will live to be 100)

The final sentence is just plain bizarre. I’d better not sign this contract in case I’m in breach of it…

Who writes this rubbish? I know, of course, but I can’t possibly tell you as I might unwittingly say something I might regret for nearly a century.

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