Do You Know Who Your Friends Are?
A Swiss employee has been fired for accessing Facebook after going home sick with a migraine so severe she could not bear to look at her illuminated monitor and said she needed to lie down in a darkened room. The woman says she accessed Facebook in bed from her Ipod.
According to the online BBC article Ill Worker Fired Over FaceBook, the woman believes her employee created a fictitious Facebook account and spied on her after becoming her friend. The so-called friend disappeared from Facebook the day after the woman was fired.
As Social Networking creates an Orwellian environment offering an inside look into employees’ thoughts, activities, and lifestyles, questions will continue to arise on what constitutes ethical and non-ethical monitoring by employers through this medium.