In recent news, the official Facebook page of Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) was harshly criticized for its largely inappropriate posts. Before they were taken down, the posts contained flirtatious and flamboyant messages which were lambasted for being of poor taste and completely unprofessional for an official government page.
Link to the publication – https://interaksyon.philstar.com/trends-spotlights/2023/02/02/241792/owwa-recognizes-facebook-blunder-involving-head-arnell-ignacio/
Clearly, this is a prime example of how NOT to handle social media, let alone for an official government Facebook page. In light of this, we at Rightjob Solutions would like to share how you can avoid common, and often times, critical mistakes on social media that damage reputations:
- Know your audience: Before you post anything, think about who might see it and how it might be received. Different groups may have different values and perspectives, so it’s important to consider how your words and actions might impact others.
- Choose your words wisely: Think before you post. Words can be misinterpreted or taken out of context, and once something is online, it can be difficult to take back.
- Respect others: Avoid attacking, insulting, or belittling others on social media. Everyone has the right to express their opinions, even if you don’t agree with them. Responding with kindness and respect can go a long way in avoiding conflict.
- Be mindful of sensitive topics: Some subjects, like politics, religion, or personal experiences, can be very sensitive. Be aware of how your words might affect others, and be respectful in your approach.
- Take time to reflect: Before responding to something on social media, take a moment to consider your emotions and thoughts. Responding in the heat of the moment can lead to regret.
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This article was first published at Rightjob Solutions, under the title: How Not to Handle Social Media - The OWWA Facebook blunder