Companies have no power to dismiss employees for browsing the likes of Facebook or Twitter at work unless they have a comprehensive social media policy in place which they have clearly communicated to staff, a human resources expert has warned.
Catherine Corcoran, a consulting partner at Baker Tilly Ryan Glennon said the use of Facebook and other social media sites during working hours had always been an ambiguous area. However, she said a recent ruling by an Employment Appeals Tribunal had removed any confusion.
In that case, the tribunal awarded €7,000 to a woman after it judged she was unfairly dismissed. The managing director told the tribunal he and the office manager had verbally warned the woman on a number of occasions about her non work-related internet usage. In January 2012, he saw her on a social media site and called her to his office and dismissed her. He believed her actions amounted to a waste of the firm’s time and resources and constituted gross misconduct.
A new Pew Research study finds that social media makes people less likely to discuss some topics both on and offline
It’s well known that Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB) users often divide themselves into camps, as the people they interact with and the stories they Like influences what the News Feed algorithm serves up next. It’s also not surprising that a people are less likely to express views that they think will be unpopular with their online peers, as shown in a recent Pew Research study, Social Media and the Spiral of Silence, but it turns out that the effect follows people offline and makes them less likely to speak up even when talking to friends and family.
In today’s connected world, social media is practically inescapable. We turn to sites like Facebook or Twitter to broadcast our lives to friends, family, and acquaintances and follow what’s going on with them. We walk around with our heads buried in our smartphones, tapping and scrolling through our feeds. But what impact does social media really have on our brains?
I logged in north, south, east and west. I checked it at work and during Sunday rest. I liked and commented, posted status and song. I thought Facebook would last forever: I was wrong.
Apologies if that feels like a bit of a heavy introduction for a piece on the decline of Facebook amongst my peers but – like Auden’s love – I had always assumed the network would be constant presence in my life. A couple of times at university I wondered what would happen if people stopped using the site, or if it disappeared. I would have no physical photos of my college friends, like those of my parents’ that we sometimes unearthed at home; I would be stripped of the wall-to-wall messages we had built up over the years and left with only a handful of letters and cards.
Never mind ads — one of the biggest annoyances on Facebook is the endless wave of clickbait articles, whose over-the-top headlines trick you into reading forgettable stories. Thankfully, the social network is as tired of this fluff as you are; it’s changing the News Feed to prioritize stories that you really want to see. Facebook will now check to see how quickly you come back to its site after clicking a link, and whether or not you like or comment on the related post when you return. If many people quickly give up on a clickbait piece, your feed will downplay that story in favor of more substantial fare.
The Internet is everywhere and its easy access and undeniable usability has posed new problems for everyone, most of all, for parents. Thanks to social media, everyone’s out there to post statuses, photos and videos that most of us, would rather not have our children see.
Sometimes, and this happens mostly with celebrities, the race to get the most number of people excited about what has been shared gets a little nutty. Celebrities go to just about any lengths to get attention; after all, any kind of publicity is good publicity. Celebrity social media channels, especially Instagram, are full of celebrities in various states of undress and indulging in various unsavory activities; including, but not limited to, doing drugs, dope and smoking. Here is a list of some celebrities whose Instagram activities should rather be left out of your children’s lives.
Facebook has revealed plans to give advertisers even more information about its users
Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB) is likely rekindling privacy worries with its new plans to study users’ shopping habits across multiple devices. The social network says it will tell advertisers on what device shoppers first viewed the items they bought and then which device they were using when they actually purchased the item.