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Hannah Parry
Hannah Parry
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  • 03rd October 2011

Facebook fired.

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A new phase has been coined by businesses as they have found a need to have employees ‘Facebook fired’. As the term suggests, Facebook has found to be the reason that many young people’s careers have come to an abrupt and sticky end after managers have inadvertently stumbled across incriminating Facebook content.

It is becoming more and more common for bosses to carry out checks on their employees’ social networking profiles before and after hiring them, and while some may view this as a breach of privacy, there is plenty of evidence on hand to demonstrate why this may be beneficial for the company.

Many people have learnt the hard way that it is not always the smartest idea to add one’s boss on Facebook and then proceed to slag off work. A case in 2009 showed Kimberley Swann, an office administrator at Ivell Marketing & Logistics who was ‘Facebook fired’ for inappropriate comments about her job which she made on her status.

A spokesperson from the company declared that this ‘display of disrespect and dissatisfaction undermined the relationship and made it untenable’.

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