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Social Media Disclaimer

The following describes the Social Media Disclaimer for our AnecdotalNews website.  This Social Media Disclaimer is a statement that indicates how AnecdotalNews uses Social Media to interact with our readers and followers.

Who And What We Are

 Our website address is https://AnecdotalNews.com and we are dedicated to curating information and news for our readers and followers.

Why This Social Media Disclaimer?

We live in litigious times when privacy rights are heralded at the same time when individuals voluntarily share intimate and superfluous life details with the rest of the world, even online on websites such as our AnecdotalNews. The dangers of public disclosure of sensitive information are beginning to surface while many perceive this behavior to be without consequences.

Many social media influencers have been sued, or will be sued, for unauthorized or abusive use/misuse of personal information. While we may debate if we have the duty to protect and warn individuals of the pitfalls of disclosing their private information in public forums like social media, it seems necessary to provide information that informs these individuals of the risks they assume when disclosing this information. While the information on AnecdotalNews is intended to help the reader better inform themselves, lawsuits are filed seeking damages for statements held to be responsible for damages to individuals and their reputations. Social Media Bloggers and Authors presume to operate under an unfettered freedom of speech and are losing their reputations with associated civil cases for defamation, slander, libel, and other related claims.

As social media rapidly advances to allow more technologically sophisticated and easy dissemination, the simultaneous fallout of revelation without boundaries is mounting. Thus, a sober approach to the benefits of social media, while sidestepping the perils of imprudent disclosure, can facilitate an enjoyable online experience, without the consequences of excess, in settings such as our own AnecdotalNews website.

Presence/Scope of Social Media

You should assume that social media is in use on our AnecdotalNews website and any other website that is indexed by search engines and provided to the public at large. A simple click of a button to endorse a person, product, or service is building a profile about you that accumulates over time, which will and can be discovered by others. When you attempt to share this AnecdotalNews website, or the information provided on it, with someone, whether by direct press of a button provided on our site, or else by email forwarding facilitated on any website, can be passed along to others by your intended recipients and that this can generate information about you that could be seen by an infinite number of other people. We provide social media share buttons for your convenience but you should only use them with people you trust or view as low-risk to share your private information.

Something as simple as a blog comment provides the opportunity for knee-jerk reactions that can become public and may not truly represent a position (at least in strength or severity) that you might hold after a period of more reasoned contemplation. You should also note that the ease of accessing one site through the login credentials of another, or the use of a global login for access to multiple sites can accumulate a dossier on you and your online behavior that may reveal more information to unintended parties than you might realize or want. Any or all of these features could exist on our AnecdotalNews website at one time or another.

Though this is not an exhaustive or complete list as new technologies will render any list out of date quickly, these few examples illustrate some possible ways that social media can exist. The objective is to realize the reach of social media, and its widespread presence on websites in various forms (including this website), and develop a responsible approach to using it.

Protecting Others on Social Media and Online

You should recognize the fact that divulgences made in and on social media platforms on this website and others are rarely constrained just to you. Disclosures are commonly made about group matters that necessarily affect and impact other people. Other disclosures are expressly about third parties, sometimes with little discretion. What can appear funny in one moment can be tragic in the next. And a subtle “public” retaliation can have lifetime repercussions.

Ideal use of social media on our website would confine your disclosures primarily to matters pertaining to you, not others. If in doubt, it’s best to err on the side of non-disclosure. It’s doubtful the disclosure is so meaningful that it cannot be offset by the precaution of acting to protect the best interests of someone who is involuntarily being exposed by your decision to disclose something on our AnecdotalNews website.

Protecting Yourself on Social Media and Online

You should likewise pause to consider the long-term effects of a split-second decision to publicly share private information about yourself on our AnecdotalNews website. Opinions, likes, dislikes, preferences, and otherwise can change. Openly divulging perspectives that you hold today, may conflict with your developing views in the future. Yet, the “new you” will always stand juxtaposed against the prior declarations you made that are now concretized as part of your public profile. While the contents of your breakfast may hold little long-term impact, other data likewise readily shared can have consequences that could conceivably impact your ability to obtain certain employment or hinder other life experiences and ambitions.

As with sharing information about other people, extreme caution should be used before revealing information about yourself. If in doubt, it’s likely best not to do it. The short-term gain, if any, could readily be outweighed by later consequences. Finally, you should note that we are not responsible for removing content once shared, and we may not be able to do so.

Restrictions on the Use of Social Media Data

You, as a visitor to our AnecdotalNews website, are not permitted to “mine” social media or other platforms contained herein for personal information related to others. Even where people have publicly displayed data, you should not construe that as though you have the liberty to capture, reproduce, or reuse that information. Any use of social media or related platforms on our website is for interactive use only, relevant only during the website visit.

Accuracy of Social Media Data

As any social media platform is built on user-generated content, you should consider this fact in seeking to determine the authenticity of anything you read. We are not responsible for verifying any user-generated content for accuracy. A best practices policy would be to view all such content as strictly opinion, not fact.

Potential Issues of Liability

You should also be mindful of the fact that your words could trigger liability for harm caused to others. While you have the right to free speech, you do not have the right to damage other people. Under basic principles of tort law, you are always responsible, personally, for situations where either:

1. You were required to act but did not (i.e. – some “duty of care”)
2. You were required to refrain from acting but did not (i.e. – slander, defamation, etc.)

These “sins of omission and commission” could cause problems for you, irrespective of whether you assert you are conducting business under the guise of one or more business entities. Illegal and unethical conduct, when done in the name of a corporation or LLC, is still illegal and unethical conduct. As it is rarely part of a business plan to engage in illegal and unethical conduct, you are doubtfully operating in any official capacity, but rather, perhaps, leveraging that capacity to effectuate personal wrongdoing. You should consult a licensed attorney if you wish legal advice as to the (potential) ramification of your situation or legal problems stemming from this website or another.

Change Notice for Social Media Disclaimer

As with any of our administrative and legal notice pages, the contents of this page can and will change over time. Accordingly, this page could read differently as of your very next visit. These changes are necessitated, and carried out by AnecdotalNews, in order to protect you and our AnecdotalNews website. If this page is important to you, you should check back frequently as no other notice of changed content will be provided either before or after the change takes effect.

Copyright Warning for Social Media Disclaimer

The legal notices and administrative pages on this website have been reviewed by our legal team. This material may not be used in any way for any reason by entities other than AnecdotalNews and unauthorized use will be monitored via the Copyscape service.

Questions/Comments/Concerns Regarding Our Social Media Disclaimer

If you have any questions, comments, or concerns about the contents of this page or any other page on AnecdotalNews, you may contact us by using the tools provided at this link: https://AnecdotalNews.com/contact/