As if we needed another reminder to be careful what we post online, this story further reinforces the point:
Ignorance about Facebook privacy settings is no excuse for complaining about the consequences of publishing off-colour online comments, a U.S. judge has ruled.
Robert J. Sumien, an emergency medical technician in Texas, wrote a Facebook wall post about giving “boot to the head” to unruly patients. The comment came to the attention of his employers, CareFlite, an ambulance service and medical transportation firm, who showed him the door.
Sumien sued for privacy invasion and wrongful termination of his employment contract. He claimed that his employer invaded his privacy because he misunderstood a coworker’s Facebook settings and didn’t realise comments he made on a colleague’s wall would be seen by others inside and outside the hospital.