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Facebook walls have ears.” Even a casual remark or snippet from an online conversation
can be used against a business by its competitors. Corporate takeovers have been fuelled
and collective bargaining negotiations have been jeopardized by leaks of this kind.
In the new social media landscape, it is important for employees to know how to
use—and how and when not to use—social media. Faced with the dilemma of social
media abuse, employers such as the Government of Ontario have taken the radical step
of banning Facebook.
Contrary to popular belief, Facebook and Twitter are not private. Employers may
check viewable Facebook proﬁles or even ask for access to a job applicant’s Facebook
page before hiring. For this reason, job- and promotion-seekers and those who value
their professional reputations should avoid posting potentially embarrassing words and
images and be mindful of the online identities and proﬁles they create. Posts and comments made long ago can have s...
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This document was uploaded on 01/21/2014.
- Fall '14