If you use an online chatroom service at work, make sure you keep office gossip offline to avoid unnecessary scandals in 2017. That's a big lesson media giant Gawker learned last year when their Campfire online work chat records were revealed after Hulk Hogan sued the media outlet for publishing a sex tape of him in 2012.
Hogan's lawyers were allowed to look through Gawker's computers, and they found that employees' Campfire chats included NSFW comments about Hogan's escapades and his penis. Gawker was ultimately shut down after the $140 million lawsuit fell in Hogan's favor.
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As media website Poynter pointed out this week, media companies are more vulnerable than ever to this kind of problem. Motherboard, for example, even experimented with getting rid of our Slack last year, for a mix of privacy and professional reasons.
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Learn from 2016 and keep office gossip at the literal watercooler.
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