Can you be fired for social media posts, even if they’re posted outside of work?
In this day and age, I don’t know anyone who doesn’t have some sort of social media account – be it Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram. Occasionally, friends, potential clients, or other people I meet will ask me, “Can my boss look at what’s on my social media? Can they fire me for something I post on there?” For the most part, and especially if you are a private sector employee, you can absolutely be fired for anything that’s on your social media account.
Whether you express your support for a politician your boss or supervisor doesn’t like, post a picture they consider offensive, or make a comment they think is inappropriate, they absolutely can fire you. For that reason, you should be very careful who you allow to see your social media profile. Even more importantly, think carefully before putting anything up on your profile that might anger someone with whom you work or for whom you work because they absolutely can fire you and, in that situation, you would have no recourse, other than unemployment.
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