Social media crises can occur for many reasons due to postings about organizations amplifying out of control and threatening reputation damage and loss of customers.
Business continuity and resilience practitioners may have to enhance their existing approaches to take account of the amplification effect posed by social media
Additionally, during other worst case scenarios, such as terrorism or major disasters, social media can greatly amplify the intensity and scale of responses to the incident and, if not managed effectively, a social media crisis could develop alongside the physical incident.
However, resilience is often designed into organizations for worst case scenarios by focusing on business continuity plans that scale down total business activity for the recovery of critical activities within maximum tolerable period of disruptions. This scaling down could impact on social media incident management unless such activities are included in the business continuity plans.