In an unfortunate twist to the now infamous Oscar blunder, PWC’s employee who was responsible for creating the situation has been doxed. For those not familiar with the term doxed, it means your personal information has been released and posted all over the Internet.
After reviewing PWC’s now former Oscar Co-Ballot leader, in my professional opinion his social media activity was not only the direct cause of the Oscar mistake, but it is also the primary contributor to putting his personal safety and potentially his co-workers’ safety at risk. PWC’s accountants made a very public mistake and they have paid for it by being not just personally embarrassed, but by being the butt of countless jokes by every major comedian, and by being released from their Oscar related duties.
In the Social Media Age, your mistakes are unfairly magnified and they will always be available for the world to see online especially if the mistake occurs on television with tens of millions of people watching. However, the fallout of this type of mistake can diminished if people were more careful about the type of information they posted on their personal social media accounts.
If PWC is interested in helping its employees avoid digital death threats and other safety and security issues inherent in the Social Media Age there are numerous steps it can take to protect itself in the future. As the Oscar fallout demonstrates, privacy is also a safety and security issue. This should be a wake up call to Corporate America regarding the importance of ensuring employees and their families understand the importance of privacy in the Social Media Age.