I decided to respond to the segment regarding Facebook and their seemingly constant privacy changes. The debate around this segment deals with the question of whether or not freedom of speech is protected by your Facebook and/or Twitter account. If you make a status about a boss, employer, or person of authority that casts a negative light- (as is human nature!), will there be consequences?
Apparently the answer is no (to an extent).
Personally if this is my personal page I should have the right to say what I want as long as it is not connected to the employer’s page. I don’t think a social media site should be used in the professional world as far as hiring is concerned. Having said that you should clean up the Facebook pages , because inevitably there will be people peering trying to dismantle your character.
If you write things to hurt or bad mouth a worker- it is your own funeral and people should make better judgment, however if writing about work conditions it should not be of anyone’s concern. As stated there is a lever of appropriateness that can and not be crossed. If the message has substance: “My boss is an irresponsible jerk he has not given me the paperwork I need after weeks” might be protected. However saying or wishing harm on someone is obviously not tolerated.
This shows the sheer weight that social media has in our personal and professional lives. Facebook is becoming a supreme entity.
It’s an interesting debate.