Everybody should know by now to be careful what you post on your Facebook page (or any of your social media profiles). And yet, it seems like a new story comes out every week about somebody getting fired, suspended or embarrassed because of what they’ve posted. Here’s a roundup of some recent incidents:
- A North Carolina teacher has been suspended for posting derogatory comments about her students on her Facebook page. It all started when Melissa Hussain took to Facebook to complain about rumors of her being a “Jesus hater.” It all boiled over when somebody anonymously left a Bible on her desk. Granted, it doesn’t sound like a great work environment, but she probably should not have made her comments public.
- The latest comes from the University of Oregon where one of their players, wide receiver Jamere Holland, was dismissed from the team this week for “a violation of team rules.” After Holland thought that one of his teammates was kicked off the team for DUI, he took to Facebook with a profanity-filled post:
“How you [expletive] kick kinko [sic] off the team on some weak [expletive]. … he slipped up but ive been slippn up, and I’m still here, that [expletive] … could damage for the ducks, that [expletive] is weak, weak [expletive], quote me.”
The post spread rapidly across the internet. While this wasn’t indicated as the specific reason for Holland’s dismissal, when asked if the Facebook update had anything to do with it, Oregon coach Chip Kelly responded: “I won’t get into the specifics, but you’re smart enough to figure it out.”
- While the ramifications probably won’t be as great, Chad Kroeger, frontman of Nickelback, is already becoming the laughingstock of the internet for showing a total lack of humor after a pickle rounded up more fans based on a page called, “Can this pickle get more fans than Nickleback?” Responding to the page with a threat to have it closed down probably won’t endear him to the masses; I anticipate much more animosity headed his way.