Social media is becoming an increasingly integral part of our day to day lives. More and more businesses use Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn as a useful and cost effective promotional tool. However, the effects are not always positive. Misuse of social media can expose a business to claims of defamation and discrimination, not to mention the practical risks of losing customers, confidential information, and working hours. This briefing will explore the wide-ranging implications of employees’ use of social media and the practical steps you can take to safeguard your business. We will also consider the extent to which an employer is able to undertake monitoring to prevent abuse.