/ Asked by Collin
I have a daughter who was recently suspended from an employer for posting information about a manager. She was commenting on a former employee's Facebook page that involved profanity. My daughter also claims that she has her page set as private. How does an employer acquire a Facebook post that is private and not public?
Answered by Judith, Hiring Expert at Verizon, on Friday, March 7, 2014
There sounds like there may be more to the full story than meets the eye. Most employers have a social media policy in place to guide employees on appropriate and inappropriate behaviour as it relates to online posts. Unfortunately, without indepth  knowledge of your daughter or her friends FB profile settings, it's hard to determine how her employer caught wind of her FB post. It may honestly have been just simple word of mouth. I always recommend that both candidates and employees steer clear from postings about work or coworkers. You can't undo online posts even when meant in jest, sometimes the damage to the career or employee is hard to recover from.
Answered by Nicole, Hiring Expert at ManpowerGroup, on Tuesday, March 11, 2014
It is unfortunate that this happened. Without seeing your daughter’s Facebook settings it is hard for me to speculate how they saw the posting. There are ways however to get into accounts, through a common contact or even through groups that you belong to. I would recommend in the future that she stay away from posting anything that you would not want your employer or potential employer to see. Your online presence is your personal brand and you want to showcase it in the most professional positive way possible.
Answered by John, Hiring Expert at Textron Inc., on Thursday, March 13, 2014
It is hard to give an exact answer to this without knowing the whole story. For most social media sites, even when things are set as private, there are ways for information to still come out. Possible examples include if your daughter is in a public group, if she shares a mutual friend with the person who saw the comment, or if possibly her wall is public while it’s her pictures that are private and she may not have realized. While it is okay to have personal social media sites, the best advice I can give is that no comments related to work be posted on personal Facebook pages. You never know who might read something when information is posted, so it’s best not to post it at all.
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