OOPS! White House Social Media Snafu, don’t let this happen to you!

It was recently discovered that a United States national security official was tweeting comments, which were critical of the administration, under a pseudonym. The anonymous twitter handles, @natsecwok and possible @DCHobbyist, were used by Jofi Joseph, to post criticisms of government policies and officials. Furthermore, the @DCHobbyist handle was used for commenting on the exploits of escorts. Once the inappropriate behavior came to light Mr. Joseph was promptly terminated.

And Jofi Joseph was not just any employee. According to the Daily Beast, Joseph is well known in national security circles. He “has also worked at the State Department and on Capitol Hill for Senators Bob Casey (D-Pa.) and (Vice President) Joe Biden. Until recently, he was part of the administration’s team working on negotiations with Iran,” explained USA Today.

What’s the moral of this story? Ensure you protect your company and its employees from the evolving challenges associated with the widespread use of social media. Do you have policies in place outlining what is appropriate and what is not? Do you have a way to enforce those policies? Today is the day to examine–or reexamine–your policies and software solutions with an eye toward preventing social media scandals, white house social media scandals.

Here is a link to a Sample Social Media Policy. If you do not have a policy in place, we highly recommend taking a look at this example and see how you can implement a policy within your organization.

If you are not capturing, blocking, monitoring or archiving Social Media interactions, we highly recommend you take a look at a complete Unified Archiving Solution that can protect you and your organization from a snafu, scandal, potential litigation, and/or fines and sanctions.

To access the full story, referenced here, visit http://www.usatoday.com/story/theoval/2013/10/23/obama-white-house-twitter-jofi-joseph/3168757/

And for more information about Social Media Archiving, visit www.GWAVA.com/RetainSocial

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