Facebook & the 1st Amendment

I may have used this quote before but it is one of my favorite and is especially fitting for the following post:

“What used to be cigarette breaks could turn into ‘social media breaks’ as long as there is a clear signal and IT isn’t looking” – David Armano

As ridiculous as it sounds I can actually see the implementation of a Facebook Break working its way into the corporate policy system.  Cigarette breaks were implemented to quell the craving for nicotine and calm workers in the height of the cigarette craze and this same trend could repeat itself with the addictiveness of social media.

These policies I am completely comfortable with, besides how else will I be able to harvest my crops on FarmVille before they die!  HOWEVER, when an employees’ Facebook is monitored or regulated by a company that frankly makes me feel uncomfortable.

This has been the case at a number of workplaces and recently brought to light in the case of the American Medical Response firing Dawnmarie Souza due to remarks made about her boss.

The decision about the firing is split, as one side claims the firing due to posting on Facebook is a breach of the First Amendment, while the other side claims that she poorly represented the company to a point that deserved firing.

However, earlier this week according to Mashable.com, a federal agency has “declared Facebook posts are legally protected speech, even for employees who write negative things about their employers”.

As this is a relatively new subject I am sure it will be in the news for months to come.  What do you think?  Should someone be fired for defaming the company they work for?  Or is what you do on your off time separate?

Until next time buyers, sellers and friends!


Josh –theDirector Weaver


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Elliot Moskow is the CEO of Pricefalls.com. He launched Pricefalls in his Junior year of college. About Pricefalls.com Pricefalls is an online reverse auction site that serves as a complete online marketplace for consumers and merchants. Pricefalls is unique through its use of a ‘Dutch Auction' or descending pricing model. Using this model, items up for auction on the site start at a predetermined price ceiling and drop throughout the bidding period. This helps consumers get the best deals, while also enabling merchants to get more for each item they sell through Pricefalls. For more information please visit www.Pricefalls.com.
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2 Responses to Facebook & the 1st Amendment

  1. Mkw003 says:

    I think companies have a right to protect their time and image!

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