The Norwegian Hull Club has warned seafarers to be careful about what they post into social media as the information could be hijacked by both pirates and journalists.
“[N]ot everyone fully understands how social media works and that traditional media and journalists use it as a source for information,” the insurance firm noted in a release.
“We are currently awaiting helicopter evacuation away from this unit – anchor chains punctured one of the legs in the heavy weather tonight. Home, sweet home!”
Norwegian Hull Club found the above statement on the Facebook profile of a crewmember onboard one of its member’s units. The unit was in distress and needed full evacuation.
A master working for another client was informed by his company that one of their vessels was hijacked. On his open Facebook profile he discussed detailed information about the hijacked crewmembers onboard with another colleague.
“We know that pirates are using social media actively in their communication and information gathering,” the club stated.
The club has made the following social media checklist to consider before posting anything online.
• Will I be OK with my superior seeing this?
• Will I be OK with the Ship Owner seeing this?
• Will I be OK with a client seeing this?
• Will I be OK with a journalist seeing this?
• Do I know how open my social media profile is? Am I familiar with the default Facebook settings?
• Do I know all my Facebook friends? Do I know the intentions of my high school class mates from 20 years back?
• Is my post in compliance with the company media policy? Am I the nominated media spokesperson?