Almost everyone has been a victim to the “over-sharer” on Social Media. While some people occasionally share too much in “real life,” Social Media has become an outlet for TMI (too much information). The company that gets too familiar, or the celebrity who gets paid to promote products and promotes unsubstantiated information to a trusting public.
Kim Kardashian has come under fire for her social updates about her morning sickness pills, Diclegis, and then shared a selfie that, by most standards, would be considered inappropriate.
The FDA (the Food and Drug Administration) gave a stern warning to Mrs. Kanye West regarding her updates touting a morning sickness drug. Kim posted a photo on Instagram holding up the drug and promoted its benefit in the accompanying text. The post generated over 450,000 likes.
However, the FDA was not too happy about this and sent Kim a letter stating, in part, “The social media post is misleading because it presents various efficacy claims for Diclegis, but fails to communicate any risk information.”
Kim removed the posts, but not before the company that manufactures it made its statement, “Duchesnay USA takes its regulatory responsibilities very seriously, and acknowledges that its communications, including in social media as in this particular instance, need to be in accordance with applicable rules and regulations.”
Not to be put down by this buzz kill, Mrs. Kanye West followed up the post removal with the revealing selfie. (See the photo here.)
Does Kim win first prize for the Over-Share?
How much is too much?
While the posting inappropriate photos or updates by most of us will not generate the attention of the Food and Drug Administration or gain national news coverage, it might be time to think a little harder before hitting the “post” button.
Social Media is an excellent place to network with other like-minded individuals, catch up with old friends, keep in touch with family and share news with those we care about. Businesses do well when they keep it professional and use Social Media to share information about their products and services.
However, it is sometimes easy to forget that Social Media posts are the property of the platform that you have used to post them. Whether you have privacy features in place or not, the posts may end up in the public domain. So before you share that naked selfie, think about what your grandmother would say if she saw it – or what your own grandchildren might think when the photo surfaces in the future.
We live in a world where “anything goes” seems to be the mantra. However, this may not always be the case, and you have to remember that what goes on the Internet stays on the Internet – forever.