Walmart's Twitter Policy over the Top?

Lora Bentley

I was all set to write a serious post on FINRA's proposal to extend its "suitability requirements" to investment products and services that aren't securities. And I'm sure that will come, but it will have to be later. Because I just found a tidbit on that made me laugh out loud.


We've been all over social networking lately at IT Business Edge -- What's its place in the hiring process? How is it as a recruitment tool? What security risks does it present? Is it an appropriate marketing tool? But this truly is social networking compliance run amok, as Compliance Week's editor recently commented on Twitter.


According to's Xeni Jardin, if you want to see 140-character updates from any of the discount retailer's Twitter feeds, you must first examine and agree to Walmart's Twitter terms of use -- a document that is reportedly 3,379 words long. There is such a thing as overkill, and I'd agree with Jardin that this crosses the line.


(Interestingly, following Jardin's link to the terms of use results in a message on that the "document is not currently available." But the Twitter discussion guidelines are still there!)

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