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The Potential Impact of Posting Conspiracy Theories on Social Media
While social media and blogs are supposed to be a space to share your own personal thoughts with the world, there are some topics you might want to reconsider or avoid all together. We are told from a young age to avoid contentious topics such as politics and religion when gathering in social situations. As our social life has moved online, it may be time to consider how posting, liking, sharing or retweeting controversial topics may impact your personal brand.
Over the past year I have watched friends, family and colleagues post, repost or share conspiracy theories on their personal social media. I understand that these are their own personal beliefs and they have a right to like or post anything they chose, but the reality is, the more I read these posts, the more I question their judgement, beliefs and in some cases sanity, lol.
You can call this judgemental, but the reality is that each and every time you put a thought out in a public domain, you are being judged. As discussed in a previous post, this is just a standard risk of engaging on social media. Each post you make represents your personal brand, and by nature of the fact that it falls under the umbrella of “conspiracy theory”, you have entered a controversial arena. You might want to consider your audience to decide who shares your mindset and may receive this information in a positive way vs those who may be triggered, offended, or question your judgement. One negative experience may affect how you may be perceived in futrue posts. Food for thought…
If you have experienced this issue on social media, please share your experience below. I would love to hear how you have addressed or ignored such posts from your friends, family and colleagues.
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De Bellefonds, C. (2020) What to Say If People You Love Believe Coronavirus Conspiracy Theories. Self.com. https://www.self.com/story/coronavirus-conspiracy-theories
Lau, V (2020). How to Build a Personal Brand on Socia media. LinedIn.com. https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/how-build-powerful-personal-brand-social-media-2020-vanessa-lau