“You’re Fired!” says the Internet
7 years ago | Dec 05, 2014
We've all heard the familiar story - disgruntled employee insults boss on Facebook, boss finds out, employee gets the boot.
In our modern-day age of oversharing, many flock to Facebook or other social media websites to post their own analyses of the latest news morsel - or simply to spout an offensive opinion.
But after the Ferguson decision, an online movement has made sure that public users who spew nasty comments online pay for what they say. "Racists Getting Fired" has gained traction in the past week.
There are limits to this kind of online policing, as the Washington Post points out. It seems the blog that was compiling the "racists getting fired" posts may be facing legal action.
In a less-extreme example of poor judgment, GOP staffer Elizabeth Laurent resigned
yesterday after backlash following her post about Sasha and Malia Obama's appearance at the Thanksgiving Day turkey pardoning.
Call it a classic case of "if you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all" for the Facebook era.