Internet Naivete Can Cost You Your Job

Posted on August 20, 2011 by

Most of the people in this corner of the ‘net are far more tech savvy than I am, so this should go without saying. But apparently, a sizable percentage of web users still haven’t caught the reality that what you say on Facebook can land you in the unemployment line. This poor fellow is just the latest highly publicized casualty of Internet naivete:

A Florida High School has suspended its 2010 Teacher of the Year over Facebook comments he made against gay marriage.

Jerry Buell, who teaches social studies at Mount Dora High School, wrote on his personal Facebook page that same-sex unions is a sin, that he “almost threw up” over news about the legalization of same-sex marriage in New York, and that gay marriages were part of a “cesspool,”

The more time you spend online, the less cognizant you may be about the dangers of expressing your thoughts freely. That doesn’t reduce the reality of the risk. If you have passionate and politically incorrect views on hot button issues and you work for the government, don’t post them online. At least not under your own name.