Social Media is not Private.

Instagram and other social media appsMost of us understand that what you post on Facebook, Twitter, or other social media platforms may be seen by our current or future employers.

It can also get you fired.

A recent arbitration upheld the dismissal of a postal clerk (CUPW) for a series of “inappropriate postings” she shared with her friends and coworkers, mistakenly believing that because the setting was not public, they were private. However, one of the key factors considered by the arbitrator is this section from Facebook’s own privacy policy:

In 2009, Section 8 of Facebook’s Privacy Policy stated that there is no
guarantee that information posted on Facebook is private, and read as

Risks inherent in sharing information. Although we allow you to set
privacy options that limit access to your information, please be aware that
no security measure are perfect or impenetrable. We cannot control the
actions of other users with whom you share your information. We cannot
guarantee that only authorized persons will view your information. We
cannot ensure that information you share on Facebook will not become
publicly available.

In the end, each of us is responsible for the words we print — on paper, in email, or on social media or other websites; choose those words carefully.


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If you have any questions or concerns about this issue don’t hesitate to contact a steward.


image credit: CC-BY Jason Howie “Instagram and Other Social Media Apps