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Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Balancing speech: What goes on Facebook can have consequences -

The headline for this article is right on!

The first few paragraphs lay out the basic issue:
A Miami-Dade County firefighter is feeling the heat this week after posting a racially offensive comment on his private Facebook page — a reminder that thanks to social media, free speech is not free of consequences.
A Broward Sheriff's deputy learned the same lesson in November after posting an ethnic slur on his page.
Both men are under investigation, illustrating the struggle to balance public employees' freedom of speech with the expectations of appropriate conduct. Those who work for private companies have even less freedom.
The rest of the article does a good job of exploring the issue in more depth--as it applies to private employers/employees as well as public employer/employees.

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