Research released by Telstra has revealed the extent to which Australian bosses turn to social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn to aid in assessing job candidates.
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Social networking, and the broader concept of online privacy, have been under some rather intense scrutiny over the past couple of weeks. The issues at Google--voracious indexer of all things Internet, and Facebook--the largest social network and number one most visited site have made many users more acutely aware of what information is available about them on the Internet. However, your online reputation is being used in ways you may not be aware of, and could cost you.
The case of six prison officer from New South Wales who were threatened with the sack after making disparaging comments about their boss on Facebook, will have their case reinvestigated following a decision made by the Industrial Relations Commission (IRC).
A group of six prison officers, who criticised the NSW Corrective Services Commissioner and other staff on the page of a Facebook group, are taking the matter to the Industrial Relations Commission (IRC), after they were threatened with losing their jobs due to the comments.