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One wrong social media post can have life-altering consequences

Watch above: Sharing anything online comes with risks and yet, many don’t think twice before posting. Aaron Streck looks at the life-altering consequences of posting something offensive or worse.

SASKATOON – These days a simple online post could influence your future. Posting the wrong thing to social media could result in life-altering consequences, according to a professional in Saskatoon.

“I think that people are not aware of actually how long or how far back that social media can be tracked,” said Essence Recruitment President Tracy Arno.

Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest accounts are just some of the social media platforms Arno goes through every day.

“We do our due diligence by screening candidates by Googling them and if their name comes up we will look at their profiles, so a lot of the times it’s a positive thing to show what their lifestyles are like and it shows kind of a good life balance but it could be negative,” said Arno.

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Posting degrading comments about women on a Facebook group page has resulted in the suspension of 13 dentistry students at Dalhousie University in Halifax.

READ MORE: Dalhousie refuses to release names of suspended students to dental boards

“I trust that the university is going to take some disciplinary and reparitive measures in this specific action but I also think that we need to focus on having a proactive approach on this, we need to make sure that people know this just isn’t OK in general,” said Jennifer Nowoselski, Dalhousie student union vice president.

While the intentions of a social media post may be innocent, it might not come off that way to others. Arno warns posters to be careful.

“When you do post, you are allowing the world to see you the way they want to see you, so you have no explanation, you cannot defend yourself and they can make any opinion they want on what you posted,” said Arno.

The bottom line is a seemingly harmless post or picture now, might make a devastating difference down the road.