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You Can’t Get Them Back
2020-07-15

            The world we live in today has changed quite a bit over the last seven months. 

            We are in a country of pandemic and protest.  We may not agree with the truths or non-truths; the information and the misinformation, but they exist and how we conduct ourselves is a reflection on us, our families and friends, along with our employers and any group or organization we are affiliated with. 

            Too many people are living today in fear, frustration, and feelings of futility.

            Don't believe me?  Post something that can be perceived in conflict, or even agreeing with, the CDC recommendations for dealing with Covid-19 or post something that is or might be viewed as demeaning to an ethnic or religious group. 

            You and all who associate with you will be connected to it.  The employer, group or organization can disavow and/or condemn your demeaning comment, but it will be too late.  We've seen, heard, and read about many who have been punished or lost their jobs over a social media post.

            The best way to avoid any controversy, and the embarrassment of those around you, is to think before you press the send key.

            Think before you post.  Read it again – is that truly what you feel and is your message clear.

            Once you touch the "send" key, it's too late.  In a matter of seconds someone will grab a screen shot of, or share your message.  Even if you manage to delete it, it is not permanently gone.  It is most likely still available from your social media carrier.  Often, it takes a court order to have it deleted from their files (good luck with that.)

            Social media posts, like spoken words, are like bullets. Once you fire them off, you can't get them back.

            You can apologize for them; you can say that the reader misunderstood your intent; you can say the statement was taken out of context; or you can say you stand by your words.

            You can do a lot, but you can't take them back.


 

 

 

 

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