Yesterday, Twitter user Ayo FBI shared the story of how one of his friends who works at a financial institution was sacked over a tweet he shared online.
According to Ayo, his friend had tweeted ‘Fuck, I hate my job” and this was retweeted a couple of times by a few people till it found its way to his boss. The friend’s boss didn’t waste anytime in serving the young man a termination letter.
Soon enough, the story kickstarted a conversation on Twitter on the kind of information that should be shared on social media.
@PureMind__ The things we say matter A lot, social media is sometimes a reflection of who we are so we have to be careful.
— Iwezu Joy (@Missifyfelix) September 5, 2016
How would someone with a reasonable brain tweet that? A job that puts food on your table no matter d amount. https://t.co/YNp9XZCWYN
— Adenrele Orimidupa (@blastedup) September 5, 2016
What I keep saying. "@PureMind__: Keep your social media life private, people are getting fired over Tweets and Posts"
— Temitayo O. Esq (@Tbabz__) September 5, 2016
But how private should one’s life be on social media?
Just a few days ago, Herman Hembe, a member of the House of Representatives came under serious fire from Nigerians after he shared a tweet endorsing rape. We have also seen celebrities such as NBA star Lebron James and NFL player Seyi Ajirotutu involved in messy scandals as a result of leaked direct messages.
And let’s not even start with celebrities whose nude photos became public property thanks to hackers.
So, should there be restrictions to what we share online?
Here’s what people on Twitter think:
If you post everything that goes on in your "private" life on social media, you clearly do everything for attention.
— MattyPatty (@Matthew51700) August 30, 2016
People put so much of their private life on social media that invisibility has become a super power #justsaying
— ann-marie lawson (@annmarielawson1) September 1, 2016
why do people think it's okay to have pictures and videos of them making out on social media. please stop. have a sense of privacy. PLEASE
— posh spice (@baby_bouma) September 6, 2016
Private life must be on privacy. Overposting on social media, has no elegance anymore.
— Jefson Jumawan (@jefsonjumawan) August 30, 2016
What do you think?