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2018-06-07 If You Tweet in the Woods, Can You Be Fired?

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A presentation delivered on June 7, 2018 at the Law & Society Association annual conference in Toronto, Canada.

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2018-06-07 If You Tweet in the Woods, Can You Be Fired?

  1. 1. If You Tweet in the Woods, Can You Be Fired? Frederick S. Lane Law and Society Association Toronto, Canada 7 June 2018
  2. 2. Home Institution
  3. 3. Books About Privacy
  4. 4. • 2018-05-30 – 2 Little Caesars employees fired for vulgar social media posts about customer • 2018-05-29 – Roseanne Barr’s show is cancelled by ABC after she makes racist comments on Twitter • 2018-05-15 -- Commissioner says Boston firefighter fired over anti-LGBTQ social media posts • 2018-04-18 – 'I’m happy the witch is dead': Muslim Fresno State professor sparks outrage as she celebrates the death of Barbara Bush - calling her an 'amazing racist' who 'raised a war criminal’ • 2018-03-03 – An hourly Marriott employee got fired for liking a tweet praising company for acknowledging Taiwan • 2017-10-04 – CBS executive's disastrous Facebook post on Vegas shooting Sample Headlines
  5. 5. 1. Free Speech 2. The Right to Privacy 3. Branding/ Reputation Three Competing Values
  6. 6. Free Speech!!
  7. 7. • Athens and Rome (~500 B.C.E.) • England Bill of Rights (1689) • French Declaration of Rights (1789) • First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution (1791) • Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948) • Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms (1982) Origins of “Free Speech”
  8. 8. • “Free” As In Unrestricted • “Free” As In Unimpeded • “Free” As In Without Cost • “Free” As In Without Consequences Defining “Free”
  9. 9. • Legal Limitations (Obscenity) • Statutory and Regulatory Restrictions (“Free Speech Zones”) • Contractual Agreements (NFL) • Social Constraints (Peer Pressure) • Personal Choice (Self- Censorship) Free Speech Is Not Absolute
  10. 10. A Hard Truth “Freedom’s Just Another Word for Nothing Left to Lose.” -- Janis Joplin “Me and Bobby McGee” (1971)
  11. 11. The Right to Privacy
  12. 12. Postcards & Privacy
  13. 13. Photography in the 1880s
  14. 14. “The Right to Privacy” (1890)
  15. 15. Early Computing
  16. 16. Social Security Number
  17. 17. Credit Cards
  18. 18. IBM 701
  19. 19. It’s a Mobile World
  20. 20. The Smartphone Revolution
  21. 21. Cellphone Privacy Does Exist
  22. 22. Endless Social Media Options
  23. 23. Selfie-Inflicted Wounds • Thanks to Mobile Devices and the Internet, We Generate and Share HUGE Amounts of Data About Ourselves Every Second of the Day: • Over 8,000 Tweets • 844 Instagram Photos • Nearly 67,000 Google Searches • Over 73,000 YouTube Videos Are Viewed • Nearly 2.7 Million Emails
  24. 24. Selfie-Incrimination • What You Post Can and WILL Be Used Against You: • 2018-05-09 – MI Man gets life in prison over murder committed on Facebook Live • 2018-01-17 – Canadian woman convicted of murder after clue found in Facebook post • 2018-01-05 – Chicago woman charged after shooting another woman on Facebook Live • 2017-07-06 – 2 Women Arrested after Boasting on Snapchat about Breaking Into Amusement Park at 4am to “Ride All the Slides”
  25. 25. So … Can You Be Fired?
  26. 26. The Power of Social Media • Social Media Helps to Level Playing Field for Employees and Consumers • A Single Post Can Damage or Ruin a Brand • Starbucks, United Airlines, Adidas, etc. • The Speed of Social Media Requires an Equally Fast and Aggressive Response • Roseanne Bar Was Dropped by ABC in Just 11 Hours
  27. 27. Limited Recourse • Public / Private / Independent Contractors • Declining Power of Unions • Private vs. Public Fora • Private vs. Public Statements • “Retweets and Likes Are NOT Your Own”
  28. 28. Contact Information • FSLane3@gmail.com • 802-318-4604 • @FSL3, @Cybertraps • www.FrederickLane.com • http://www.fredericklane.com/the- cybertraps-blog/ • ww.linkedin.com/in/fredericklane/ • www.slideshare.net/FSL3
  29. 29. If You Tweet in the Woods, Can You Be Fired? Frederick S. Lane Law and Society Association Toronto, Canada 7 June 2018

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