Is anything you write on Facebook reason for firing you?
Leafing through the paper version of yesterday’s BT I was horrified to read the newspaper arguing (not online) that:
- It’s perfectly OK for a newspaper to print a private status update from an individual’s Facebook account.
- A university lecturer who posts a private Facebook status about being sick of grading exams by students who didn’t appear to have read a single book on the syllabus should probably be fired.
WHAT? The debate piece I sent BT yesterday argues against just this kind of thing, but won’t be printed by BT until Wednesday. I will definitely write more about this, but let me just say how horrified I am that the press is trying to define private communication online as public. More on this later.
Let me leave you with a quote from Cardinal Richelieu: “Give me six lines written by the most honorable of men, and I will find an excuse in them to hang him.” (1641).