We've all heard the phrase ‘Big Brother is watching you."
Whether you believe it or not, it's worth noting that what you post on social networks can get you into a world of trouble - especially now that more and more employers are taking an interest in your personal profiles.
I've recently highlighted the importance of creating a social media policy for your business, but the same holds true for an individual. Your employer has the right to terminate your employment for tarnishing the company's reputation in any way. Think about what you write before you post, or it can lead to your job's termination.
Still not convinced? The cases below are prime examples of how social media can cost you your job.
Ashley Johnson rants on Facebook
Ashley Johnson was a waitress at Brix Wood Pizza. After waiting on a couple for 3 hours (including 1 hour past her shift), Johnson was disappointed at only getting a $5 tip. The waitress then expressed her anger on Facebook. According to an Inc.com article, Johnson said "Thanks for eating at Brixx, you cheap piece of ---- camper." Brixx terminated Ashley Johnson's employment after violating two terms in the employee contract.
Woman gets fired for complaining about her boss on Facebook
A screenshot image of a woman ranting about how she hates her boss on Facebook surfaced on the internet. The image, first shared by April Buchheit on Friendfeed, showed a Facebook status update of a woman calling her boss a "pervvy wanker" and then stating that he was "always making me do s*** just to piss me off!" To make matters even worse, the woman had forgotten that she was already friends with her boss on Facebook. I'm sure you can guess what happened next, but if you can't, take a look at the image below.
The ‘Cisco Fatty' on Twitter
This story (virally known as the ‘Cisco Fatty') is about a woman named Connor Riley. Riley was offered a job at Cisco, a worldwide networking systems leader. Excited by the offer, Riley was also met with a dilemma - a dilemma which she then shared from her Twitter account (image below). According to MSNBC's story on Connor Riley, the young woman's tweet was discovered by a Cisco associate who was "happy to pass her sentiment along to her hiring manager." Riley was fired before she even started at Cisco.
CNN's Octavia Nasr expresses grief on Twitter
CNN's senior editor of Middle East affairs, Octavia Nasr, was saddened at the fact that Hezbollah sheikh, Sayyed Mohammed Hussein Fadlallah had passed away. Nasr then took to the Twitterverse to express her respect for the leader. The only problem was that Sayyed Mohammed Hussein Fadlallah was a confirmed terrorist who was responsible for the deaths of a number of Americans. According to the NY Daily News, the single tweet (seen below) was enough to terminate her employment with CNN after 20 years.
Sex blogger fired after secret identity was revealed on Twitter
A St. Louis sex blogger was fired after the identity she worked so hard to protect was revealed on Twitter. The woman was victim to a Twitter third-party glitch that displayed her real name after the woman thought she had successfully changed it to her pseudo-name. However, the third-party application known as Topsy, archived the blogger's real name. Her employers found her sex blog on the internet and she was immediately fired.
The moral of the story is to make sure you are cautious of what you post on social networks. These networks highly encourage self-expression, but they cannot protect you from stating something that can lead to severe consequences. Think about what you post, or social media can cost you your job as well.
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