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In the United Kingdom, Joanne Fraill – the British jury that contacted a defendant through Facebook leading to the annulment of the case – was sentenced to eight months in prison.
She learned the hard way, what for the rest are some “no” essentials to stay out of trouble on Facebook.
To begin with you should not …
… make friends with people who should not
Do you want to add as a friend to …? Think before clicking “confirm”.
Fraill did not think so. The jury said empathy led her to locate Jamie Sewart – accused in a drug trial – on Facebook and later became a “friend” of her. The contact came to light and in less than a year, Fraill returned to court, this time on the bench.
While this is the first case in the UK involving the internet, it is not the first time that Facebook users have chosen the wrong friends and it certainly will not be the last.
However, bad decisions are not always so obvious.
Charlotte Fielder, who was born without a hand, unknowingly, became friends with a man on Facebook who pretended to have lost a limb but was actually sexually attracted to amputees.
Shortly after, he found a photo of his profile copied and published on a pornographic website, where obscene comments were made.
… complain about your boss / clients / constituents
It sounds obvious, but it’s surprisingly common.
A woman, known as Lindsay, put in an update on her status, “By God, I hate my job!” before launching a personal attack on your boss.
It was a matter of hours before he remembered that his boss was among his “friends.”
According to reports, he wrote an answer telling Lindsay not to bother coming to work the next day. “You will find your dismissal form in your place, and yes, I am serious,” he wrote.
The Virgin airline also filled out dismissal forms after the cabin crew of a plane opened a page on Facebook and went on to insult passengers, joking that the planes were full of cockroaches and the engines were replaced only four times. year.
Thirteen employees were dismissed.
Politicians seem prone to fall into this trap.
A conservative candidate in Kent, United Kingdom, came up with calling the women in the area “whores.” In a Facebook discussion, Payam Tamiz wrote that she wanted to maintain a relationship with “someone decent”, but that it was “impossible to find someone with morals and a bit of self-respect”.
After an apology, he resigned.
… upload impertinent photos
Unless you worry about your privacy settings, embarrassment and embarrassment are almost inevitable on Facebook.
Even the head of the British Secret Intelligence Service, John Sawers, failed to keep things private out of public view.
Pictures of the vacation with his wife, including Sawers in a bathing suit, and details about his children and the location of his house came to light.
Although they were quickly removed, it took longer to make them disappear from the collective memory.
… enjoy too much of your sick leave
If you said a lie or you’re really sick, it’s probably best to stay away from Facebook.
A Canadian woman, in the middle of a long leave for depression, lost her benefits when her insurance agent found pictures of her having fun in the sun and on long nights with friends.
Nathalie Blanchard had been off work at IBM in Quebec for a year and said the doctor ordered her to continue with her activities as a way to beat depression.
Another woman lost her job when her boss realized that she was using Facebook, after she called to say that she felt too sick to use a computer.
The Swiss employee called her company, Nationale Suisse, to advise that she had a migraine and that she needed to be in a dark room.
It did not help to ensure that he entered the site through his iPhone while he was in bed.
… reveal secrets
On Facebook you can not talk, exactly, in a low voice. So it’s better that secrets be limited to corridors and corners.
Israel was one of the first countries to get nervous about the information that appears on the Internet after reviewing the Facebook pages of its troops in which detailed images of air bases, operating rooms and submarines are revealed.
A new set of rules – which has not been made public – includes a ban on posting images of pilots and members of special units, and anything that shows specific military maneuvers.
The British Ministry of Defense is also concerned and launched a campaign to alert its staff and friends and family members not to share confidential information.
In a video of the new campaign “Think before …” (launched on YouTube to prevent the military from divulging information on Facebook) a mother is seen sharing data and drinking tea with a man covered by a ski mask.