In Canada, as across most of the world, people love their social media. According to the Social Media Lab at Ryerson University, in 2017, approximately 94% of online Canadians are on at least one social platform (1) and the Canadian Internet Registration Authority reports that approximately 61% percent of Canadian's engage on social media every single day. (2)
Almost as dramatic as the growth that social media has seen over recent years is the changing ways that the average Canadian interacts with their social media accounts. Gone are the days of using social media for only posting pictures of your dog and your dinner (...well almost gone). Social media has now become one of the primary providers and drivers of our societal values, news, and culture. With four out of five Canadians reporting that they're keeping up to date with current events through social media sites like Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter. (3)
However, there is one major use of social media that most individuals are not aware of, the potential that your posts could be used against you in the litigation process.