This concern is driving some to take down photos or posts: About 74% of 18- to 34-year-olds have removed something to avoid “negative reaction” from an employer or prospective employer. There is less apprehension among older adults aged 35 to 64, however, with only 36% having deleted content.
FindLaw has some basic pointers for social-media users: Think before you post, check your privacy settings, limit your personal information and seek legal help if you think you’re ever wrongfully terminated. The survey did find that a sizeable 82% of young users “pay at least some attention to their privacy settings,” while only 6% leave the default settings as they are.
“Taking down or removing a post or photo may not be enough, as the information may continue to live on in other parts of the Internet,” Stephanie Rahlfs, an attorney-editor with FindLaw.com, said in a release. “It’s best to assume that anything that you post could live on the Internet forever, and to think accordingly before hitting the ‘Post’ button.”
FindLaw’s survey has a margin of error of plus or minus 3%.
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