Policing social media after hours • Tony McManus on 6PR

1 November 2020 6:15 pm

Balancing our social media use and our professional lives is challenging, but should employers be able to police social media after hours?

But should it?

Once again, I joined Tony McManus on Saturday Nights to have a chat about whether or not employers have the right to police the social media of their employees after hours.

It’s a debate that has once again reared its head, after the BBC released its new social media standards. While it may seem relatively straightforward, the BBC is requesting of its employees to be cautious and monitor what they say and do on social media, especially if it has the potential to shed a negative light on the BBC or bring the BBC into disrepute.

I would love to hear what you think. Do employers have the right to police what employees say and do on social media after hours?

We had an interesting chat about how we treat people on online and how people tend to use the perceived anonymity of social media to treat people in ways that they wouldn’t in an offline environment. What many people often fail to realise is that social media isn’t anonymous, and that when you say negative things on the internet, they aren’t going away any time.

It is also crucially important to remember that while social media can feel isolated and impersonal at times, there’s someone else looking at a screen somewhere who is on the receiving end of what we say and do online.

While it may sound simple, if you have something to say that you wouldn’t feel comfortable saying in front of your employer, maybe you should think twice before sharing those same thoughts on social media.

It seems like I can’t do an interview or media appearance at the moment without addressing the elephant in the room: the upcoming US election.

If you missed my chat with Tony, have a listen below.

Here’s what the twitterspeher had to say:

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