The use of Facebook, Twitter and other social media sites has significantly increased over the past few years. By September 2012 there were 1 billion registered Facebook profiles and 500 million people used Twitter, with 340 million ‘tweets’ per day.
The widespread use of social media has led to issues for employees and their employers.
Once users are registered on a site they may disclose much about their day-to-day life and are able to access significant information about others. For an employer this means potential access to information which provides them with an insight into aspects of their employees’ private lives. Employers may decide that such information is damaging to their business (in reputational terms) or inconsistent with their expectations of staff conduct.