Sunday, September 6, 2015

Fired over Facebook Reaction Post

1. What is your initial reaction to this story?
I wasn't that surprised by the story, you hear about these sort of firings all the time. A company wants to maintain a certain image and if a employee hurts that reputation they have grounds to fire that employee.
2. What reason did the employer provide for firing the woman?
The employer stated that the company did not want to get involved in controversial issues no matter if it was for or against the issue.
3. Was the woman's firing legal according the the expert interviewed?
Yes it was legal, although many people think they always have freedom of speech but with a job an employee has basically no freedom of speech.
4. What do you think is meant by the term Digital Footprint?
The term Digital Footprint is somewhat similar to the term Carbon Footprint, a Digital Footprint is when you leave a trace on the internet when you do something whether it be post a picture or post something to Facebook, Twitter, etc... Once you post something online, even if you delete it, you have already left your 'footprint' and it is very difficult to remove it from the internet.
5. Are the things you post on Facebook and Twitter really private, even if you set your privacy settings to maximum?
The thing you post to Facebook and Twitter are not necessarily private even if your settings for privacy are set to the max. No matter what, the companies that own the website you are posting to have complete ownership over your account and whatever you post so they can without a doubt see whatever you are posting even if you think it's private.
6. It is clear the woman in the video did not think the comments she made on Facebook would get her fired. If you were her friend and she told you what she was planning to post before she actually made the post, what would your advice have been to her? Why?
One common tool to use when thinking whether you should post something to Facebook is to think about if there is any potential that the audience to your post could interpret it as negative or inappropriate, another would be asking yourself whether or not you would be comfortable having a family member, or boss see this post. And if you fail either of these tests then you should not follow through with making the post.

1. What is your initial reaction to this story?
In this video a teacher makes a Facebook past thinking it would only be seen to a select group of friends but it ended up being shown to more people than she had anticipated. The post stated how her students were germ bags and their parents were arrogant and snobby. This is very surprising to see a teacher post because a lot of the time teachers are the ones who try to enforce digital safety.
2. What reason did the employer provide for firing the woman?
Many parents of students saw the post the teacher made and when the superintendent saw the post the teacher made, they asked her to resign. Obviously they had good reason to 'fire' her because of the negative things she said about her students and their parents and a school would not want a reputation for hiring these types of people.
3. Was the woman's firing legal according the the expert interviewed?
Yes the firing was legal. Companies have complete control over what they fire an employee for. Even if they don't like the attitude of an employee they can fire someone. In this case the firing was valid.

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