Mon 19 Jan, 2015 04:12 am
Interesting development on social media.
Have you ever posted something you might regret, or found out with a sting just how public social media is?
Chris Rincon worked at a car wash in Houston, Texas, and he thought nothing of posting a link to a fake news article about President Obama's daughter being pregnant to Facebook. But while exchanging comments with his friends he used a highly offensive slur against black people - and it eventually cost him his job.
Rincon's post was shared to a Tumblr called "Racists Getting Fired (and Getting Racists Fired!)".
Fans of the blog are encouraged to find and share incidents of racism online, expose those who've posted them, and then call and email the person's employer until they are sacked. According to the blog, over a dozen people have been fired or, in their words, "Gotten".
Rincon had been up most of the night playing video games when BBC Trending spoke to him. It's been a couple of weeks since he lost his job and he's still not back in work.
"I'm not going to sit here and deny that I didn't use the word," he said. "Because it's clear as day that I did use it."
"The fact that I was targeted specifically and individually really bothers me because I'm not the only person who has views in this aspect. It made me lose my job. I have a three-year-old kid that I'm trying to support … They're basing (their views of) a person off of one post instead of actually knowing the person," he said.
This is more disturbing to me than calling someone a name:
"Fans of the blog are encouraged to find and share incidents of racism online, expose those who've posted them, and then call and email the person's employer until they are sacked. According to the blog, over a dozen people have been fired or, in their words, "Gotten".
Do you post racist stuff online? I don't.
I think this might be a wake up call to some people, similar to finding out that your prospective employer has checked out your Facebook page to find pictures of you drunk on a stagnight.
It doesn't do any harm to be a bit more aware of the wider audience when you post online.
I must say the character in the BBC story gets no sympathy from me, "other people do it too," is no excuse. People get away with stuff all the time, it doesn't mean that when they get caught they shouldn't be punished.