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One in six organisations have fired an employee due to social media posts

Posted: 02 May 2012 07:44 AM PDT

SpamTitan Technologies, the makers of email and web security software have today announced the results of their survey on corporate social media usage. The results show that 87% of companies would consider firing an employee if they posted something confidential about the company on a social media site, while not surprisingly, only 16% of companies think it is ok to use social media for personal use at work. These results mirror a recent study from Osterman Research which outlines real world corporate behaviour, the research found that one in six companies have dismissed an employee due to something they posted on various social media outlets. High profile examples of people who lost their jobs because of something they posted online include Pizza chain Domino employees who uploaded videos of them playing around with customers' food on YouTube[1] and a Bishop who was suspended for negative comments about the British royal wedding[2]. Social media use is on the rise, with 145 million active Twitter users globally and 345 million tweets a day[3], and Facebook has 845 million Facebook users worldwide[4]. Social media use on corporate networks is also up significantly: Osterman Research found that 36% of corporate employees are using Facebook [...]


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