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Posted 25 March 2012 - 07:12 PM

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Workers can be fired for Facebook insults, Dutch judge rules
Warehouse worker was terminated for making insulting comments about his employer on Facebook
By Loek Essers
March 23, 2012 08:14 AM ET
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IDG News Service - Employees who heavily insult their employers on social networks can be fired because messages on social media are at least semi public and can be easily replicated throughout the internet, a judge in the Netherlands ruled this week.

The employment contract of a 38-year-old warehouse employee of the Dutch chain store Blokker was terminated last February because he made insulting comments about his employer on the social networking site Facebook. The case was brought to court and the judge ruled last Monday that the man can be laid off based on his "grossly insulting" Facebook posts.

According to the verdict, published Wednesday, comments made on Facebook are not private. " The claim by the employee that Facebook belongs to the private domain of the employee is, in the opinion of the district judge, incorrect," the verdict reads. The man said in his defense that only friends could see his status, making it a private comment, but the judge ruled that the risk of republishing the comment by other Facebook users was high, and can be easily done.

Facebook users can replicate someone's post by 'liking' it. A liked post will appear in the timeline of the liker, making the liked post visible to his or her friends too.

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