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Fulbright Survey Highlights Latest Trends In Social Media, Litigation


This week I plan to dedicate a few blog posts to highlighting some of the latest trends in social media and [fill in the blank]. Last month, the good folks at Fulbright & Jaworski, released their 2011 Litigation Trends Survey. The 2011 survey gathered input from 405 in-house counsel, including 275 U.S. respondents. Launched by Fulbright in 2004, the survey canvasses corporate counsel on litigation issues and trends.

Here's what they found with respect to social media and litigation:

  • In the past year, during litigation, over 80% of companies did not preserve or collect data from an employee's personal social media account.
  • Only 13% of those surveyed had to produce electronically stored information from a social media site as part of discovery during litigation.
  • Some companies are choosing to block internal network users from accessing social media sites, such as Facebook, MySpace and Bebo (41% block); Twitter and YouTube (33% block); and LinkedIn, Plaxo, Tumblr, StumbleUpon, and Digg (23% block). [What's the point? Most employees have smartphones that can access these sites anyway. By permitting access to these sites, at least companies will be able to weed out the least productive employees - EM].

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This article was originally published on Eric B. Meyer's blog, The Employer Handbook

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