by Stevie Hall*
If you’re a fan of Snapchat, then you’ve most likely come across the news stories of Snapchat Inc.’s CEO, Evan Spielberg, and the emails he sent in his fraternity days. These emails consist of language and stories that may be considered unflattering. Spielberg has apologized and his alma mater, Stanford, released a statement. SLMS would like you to think about a few things:
- Anything done through an internet transaction (emails, Facebook, photos, etc.) is on the internet FOREVER. Really take the time to consider if it’s worth posting or sending.
- Evan probably never expected to become CEO of a multi-million dollar company by the age of 23. If he did, he may have thought twice about sending those emails. You never know how successful you’ll be. Don’t send out something you’ll regret later.
- College is usually a phase of good times and great memories, but some of those good times and great memories do not need to be recorded on any internet source.
- In a world full of texting and social media, verbal communication still exists. If you have things to talk about that you wouldn’t want to be produced later then talk about those things in person, not where they are written and can be easily retrieved or disclosed.
We hope that Spielberg’s incident helps you visualize the long-lasting power of the long-lasting internet and social media. If you have any questions or a personal incident you’d like help with, please contact our office by phone 936-294-1717, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or make an appointment online at www.shsu.edu/legalservice. You can leave feedback about this topic on our Twitter and Facebook.