Posted by Laura Wittren
Seriously, when will people learn not to post certain things on Facebook and Twitter? What part of social media do they not understand? Apparently this lesson will never be learned because we have yet another example where someone gets in trouble because of a post.
Peter Broadbent is a bishop of the Church of England, or should I say he was a bishop as the Bishop of London Richard Chartres suspended him. Why? Because he posted several negative comments regarding the engagement of Prince William and Kate Middleton.
According to The Guardian, he posted on Facebook: “We need a party in Calais for all good republicans who can’t stand the nauseating tosh that surrounds this event.” He also posted that the marriage wouldn’t last more than 7 years.
And of course, the posts went public. Although Broadbent apologized publicly, the damage was already done, and the Bishop of London Richard Chartres advised him to withdraw from the public ministry.
This is an ongoing trend. According to Mashable, a recent study found that 8% of U.S. companies have fired an employee for what they’ve posted on social networking sites. However, Mashable also says the National Labor Relations Board recently argued that freedom of speech protects Facebook.
Do we really have the freedom to post whatever we want when our future employers can see what we say? Is it unlawful to fire an employee because of a Tweet?