Certain words used in a social media context can trigger scrutiny by regulators. The terms below are a small subset of what regulators routinely look at when evaluating the appropriateness of social media communication. These terms are worth considering any time you are writing Tweets, LinkedIn updates, or Facebook posts. You should always determine the appropriateness of your messages — and if you are affiliated with a firm, its regulations should govern your online presence. Always work with your compliance team when engaging on a social network.

CircumventInaccurateOversimplified
ConcealIncompleteOversimplify
DisqualifiedLoopholeRumor
DisqualifyMark-upSecret
ExaggerateMarkupUnapproved
Failed toMisappropriateUnethical
FalseMisconductUnverified
FraudMisleadUnwarranted
FraudulentMisledViolate
GuaranteeMisrepresentViolation
HypotheticalOmittedWillfull
ImproperOverchargeWillfully