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It was a week of social media mishaps leading to two more fired employees and one politician calling another a Nazi on Twitter. While Facebook is popular for mishaps, teens are bored with the social network and now, there are some great tips on how to delete your account. Read on to find articles and summaries of each!
1. Jessica Bibbs Fired For Facebook Post, 2/27/13
Jessica Bibbs is yet another victim that can be added to the list of people who are regretting writing a Facebook post. Jessica was fired from her job at a Phoenix physical therapy office after writing a Facebook post saying that “the place was a “joke” and calling her coworkers “fake and lazy.” “Bibbs — who was the company’s Employee of the Month in January — claims wrongful termination, stating she didn’t use any names. Social media lawyer Stephanie Fierro says her defense may not fly: “If it’s personal griping …they may have the right to fire you.” But Bibbs is not alone. This is still a growing regularity as last month an Arizona Daily Star reporter was terminated after sarcastic tweeting.”
2. WIN Reporter Fired For Facebook Remarks, 2/27/13
“World Indian Network (WIN) Communications yesterday fired freelance reporter Darryl Heeralal over statements he made on Facebook regarding protest action in Sea Lots, Port of Spain, which were viewed as being racist.” Sounds like someone could have used a more private social network.
“Jamestown Representative Jessica Haak got into trouble recently on Twitter and had to take the house floor to apologize to Majority Leader Al Carlson for calling him a “Nazi” on twitter. Haak was tweeting about the debate on funding private schools Wednesday afternoon. After Carlson asked her “not” to tweet things happening on the floor, she sent out a tweet calling him a Nazi.”
Mashable shared 6 helpful tips for those who are ready to delete their Facebook account. They point out that “deleting your account is very different from deactivating your account. You can deactivate your account at any point, and when you want to return everything is as you left it. While your account is deactivated, people on Facebook will not be able to search for you, but some information like messages you’ve sent may still be visible to others.” They offer these 6 tips to help you save the important activity you shared on Facebook while showing you to ditch the site.
Facebook recently noted in its annual 10-K report “We believe that some of our users, particularly our younger users, are aware of and actively engaging with other products and services similar to, or as a substitute for, Facebook. For example, we believe that some of our users have reduced their engagement with Facebook in favor of increased engagement with other products and services such as Instagram. In the event that our users increasingly engage with other products and services, we may experience a decline in user engagement and our business could be harmed.” While Business Insider notes this trend, The Verge goes a step further and discusses how the “age of the brag” is coming to an end for younger users.