14 People Who Got Fired For Tweeting
Social media! It's ruling our lives, and it's ruined some people's livelihoods.
It's not terribly difficult to imagine some people losing their jobs over inappropriate or contentious use of Facebook, but surely Twitter and its 140-character limit don't pose a danger, right?
You obviously still need to be mindful in how you use it.
The "medium is the message," as we've heard, but the message can still have significant repercussions.
Justine Sacco blew up Twitter with this tweet.
Justine Sacco, former PR executive for IAC, tweeted a fairly insensitive joke right before boarding an international flight to Africa. While she was in the air and offline, the tweet spread like wildfire and she was dismissed from her post as a result.
Don't tweet bad things about your potential employer
Connor Riley had a job offer from Cisco on the table. She tweeted: “Cisco just offered me a job! Now I have to weigh the utility of a fatty paycheck against the daily commute to San Jose and hating the work.”
Shortly after that, there was a reply from Cisco employee Tim Levad: “Who is the hiring manager? I’m sure they would love to know that you will hate the work. We here at Cisco are versed in the Web.”
Sexual assault is never funny
Nir Rosen was a Law Fellow at New York University until he tweeted some astonishing remarks about Lara Logan's sexual assault.
The string of insensitive tweeting began with "Lara Logan had to outdo Anderson. Where was her buddy McCrystal." He was soon apologizing profusely and resigned from his fellowship the next day.
Fired for insensitive jokes about Japan
Comedian Gilbert Gottfried, voice of the Aflac duck, made some jokes about the Japanese tsunami over Twitter. He said, "Japan is really advanced. They don't go to the beach. The beach comes to them."
Aflac is the largest insurance company in Japan. Gottfried was fired.