Criticize Employer on Facebook, Get Fired

Further proof that privacy is a thing of the pre-internet past: 13 Virgin Airlines staff members were fired on Friday after the company discovered that they had been criticizing the airline and passengers on Facebook.

As Ice-T told us, ever so long ago: “freedom of speech, just watch what you say”.

Especially when it comes to your employer. Or your friends. Or your family. Or yourself.

Actually, maybe you shouldn’t be on the internet at all. Yeah, that’s probably safer.

Virgin Atlantic sacked 13 cabin crew staff on Friday after they criticised some of the British airline’s passengers on the social networking website Facebook.

The airline opened an investigation on October 23 following complaints from passengers and other Virgin staff members over the cabin crew’s Facebook discussion.

“It was found that all 13 staff participated in a discussion on the networking site Facebook, which brought the company into disrepute and insulted some of our passengers,” Virgin Atlantic’s director of communications Paul Charles told Reuters.

“There’s a time and a place for Facebook. But there’s no justification for it to be used as a sounding board for staff of any company to criticise the very passengers who ultimately pay their salaries.”

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