Foul mouthed rants and publishing patient information on public platforms are the obvious transgressions for doctors to avoid on social media, but they are not the only ones. Abi Rimmer reveals the more subtle and surprising ways your app habit could be putting your professional reputation in danger—and how to avoid them

“It was all a bit confusing and menacing,” says one core medical trainee of the trouble she found herself in over her use of social media (box 1). She is not the only doctor to have found their professional reputation and career put at risk through their use of these platforms: figures revealed by The BMJ last month show that between 1 January 2015 and 30 June 2017 the General Medical Council closed 28 investigations…