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Sacked by facebook status update!

I came across a web page yesterday that I had to share.

Someone with 2 weeks left on their 6 month probabtionary period at work updated their face book status and forgot that they'd added their boss as one of their friends. The face book status was quite derogatory and ended up with the girl being told not to come back to work via a facebook status update!.

There was also a similar case on Twitter a couple of months ago.

This highlights the fact that the internet is not private and you should be careful what you say! The simple rule of thumb, also applicable for sending emails over the company exchange server, is if you wouldn't be happy for someone to print out that message/facebook update/tweet and put it up in a public place i.e. the notice board at work then don't make that comment live.

The link to the article is here, though be warned the girl's status update does contain a couple of swear words so it may not be 100% work safe.


Update: The BBC covers the story here with a video of the ex-employee. Bless, she's only 16 years old, I guess that's another one of life's lessons learned the hard way for her!




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Elizabeth Lumley
Elizabeth Lumley - Girl, Disrupted - Crayford 11 August, 2009, 16:37Be the first to give this comment the thumbs up 0 likes

I have to say that was a rather harsh lesson for a 16 year old. I had assumed this young lady was at least over 21.

While the Facebook status was obviously a "mistake." I think the manager's decision to sack someone, who in my eyes is still a child, on Facebook was equally childish and unprofessional.

The manager should have taken her aside when she came back to work and told her she was fired in the office--then this young lady would have learned a valuable lesson on how to behave properly in a job.

Ah, it isn't easy being the most level headed and mature person in the room ;-)

Stanley Epstein
Stanley Epstein - Citadel Advantage Group - Modiin 15 August, 2009, 08:36Be the first to give this comment the thumbs up 0 likes

Ouch! Well, she only has herself to blame.

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