National Association of the Deaf

Interpreter Ethics & Social Media - A Workshop

SB Morgaine held a workshop today discussing interpreter ethics in a social media environment. Everyone today has a bit of difficulty navigating the social media territory, but for interpreters, it’s even more difficult. Several questions she presented to audience were thought provoking, such as whether interpreters should use the popular social media application Foursquare, to announce their location, or whether interpreting agencies should be able to announce job openings.

Other issues that were raised during the workshop was the usage of Facebook – should interpreters friend their colleagues who they have solely a professional relationship with, or their consumers? There are many ramifications by ‘friending’ someone on Facebook. One story she shared with us was when she had an inside jo