Wednesday, April 07, 2010

Anger over teen text messages leads to beatings; same risk for social networking posts

The NBC Today show this morning broadcast a story over a brutal beating of a teenage girl in Florida over a text message that she sent that apparently “insulted” another teen.

The video focuses on the victim’s condition, but the attorneys are pointing out that cell phone texts and social networking site messages can sometimes provoke the same security problems for people in the real world that in-person and handwritten confrontations used to.

The same advice would apply in the workplace. Text messages and Facebook posts could lead to hostile workplace or sexual harassment claims, and disciplinary action, firings or lawsuits.

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