CLEVELAND, June 3 /PRNewswire/ -- Social Media Websites – like them or not – they are the new medium by which the world communicates. The statistics regarding usage are staggering:
- December 2009 – 248 million unique monthly users on the top eight social networking sites in the United States.
- Facebook – Currently 400 million users; 50% of active users log in daily; over 500 billion minutes per month spent on Facebook; average user has 135 friends.
- LinkedIn - Currently over 60 million users; half of the users are international.
- Twitter – Currently over 75 million users; 50 million "tweets" per day, up from 5,000 per day just three years ago.
As a result, employers are now faced with new challenges in regulating discrimination, harassment, and other employment based claims. Additionally, employers have a heightened risk of disclosure of confidential business information, as well as the potential for false advertising, and other related commercial actions.
The solution? Take a step back and remember to apply the same policies and procedures regarding anti-discrimination, anti-harassment, confidentiality, defamation, trademark, among others, to this new medium.
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