Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Facebook comment can get you fired. If you don't believe me ask Apple

Apple can legally fire an employee who ranted about his job on Facebook, a U.K. tribunal ruled, the latest in a growing number of worker terminations prompted by social network postings.

Employee Samuel Crisp, a “Genius” at the Norwich Apple Store, posted various angry updates about his iPhone, apps and other aspects of Apple, expressing his displeasure on the social network.

Crisp’s profile was set to private, but the comments reached Apple management from a friend who passed them on. Apple terminated Crisp, saying his remarks breached the company’s social media policy against negative comments, and the tribunal upheld the company’s decision.