Social Media: With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility | Alan Katzman | 5 Min Read

Earlier this month, after publishing an anti-Semitic post on Instagram, Gina Carano of The Mandalorian became the latest Disney star to be fired for controversial social media posts

President Biden’s nominee to run the Office of Management and Budget, Neera Tanden, faces an uphill challenge for senate confirmation as a result of her previous harsh tweets about Republicans.

Kimberly Diei, a second-year doctoral student at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center’s College of Pharmacy, was expelled for engaging in social media activities that violated “the Memphis health science center’s “professional standards” for students studying health and medicine.” Ms. Diei has since been reinstated but is suing the university arguing that the college’s enforcement of its professionalism policies violated her right to free speech in her private life. 

These are only a few of the most recent examples of how our personal social media activities can interfere with and even derail scholarship, college, and career opportunities. 

Also in the news earlier this year, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear the case of a Pennsylvania public high school student who was punished by her school after she cursed her cheer team on Snapchat outside…

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Alan Katzman

Alan Katzman, CEO and Founder of Social Assurity, is a leading advocate for teaching effective social media use at all educational levels. Social Assurity offers a combination of online education courses and presentations to students (both high school and college) providing them with the necessary tools to better position themselves on social media for both college admissions and hiring managers. As a well-respected industry expert, Katzman has published several industry-related articles on this topic with articles appearing in publications such as Business Insider and Social Media Today. When not refining the courses offered by Social Assurity, Alan can often be found as a motivational speaker at high schools, colleges and student organizations where he raises awareness of the importance of social media as a positive tool for creating educational and professional opportunities. He is also Founder and President of the Coalition of Digital Educators, a 501(c) organization where members have a unique opportunity to be an active voice for defining the future of digital education, ethics, and citizenship. Prior to forming Social Assurity, Alan served as executive legal counsel for several start-up and Fortune 500 technology companies where he managed the law, compliance and administrative functions for these firms.