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Internet Tycoon’s Company Might Fire Employees for What They Say on Social Media

Written by Joe Scudder

Jeff Bezos owns the Washington Post, which announced it might fire anyone who “adversely affects” its advertisers on social media.

Every employer has to show some concern for how their employees behave on social media and every employee should realize that to be the case. Still, it is amazing that a company now owned by the creator of Facebook has put out a policy that forbids anyone to say anything disparaging about an advertiser, and encourages employees to snitch on one another. Do the Washington Post’s rules reflect the values of Silicon Valley?

The Washingtonian reports, “The Washington Post’s New Social Media Policy Forbids Disparaging Advertisers.

A new social-media policy at the Washington Post prohibits conduct on social media that “adversely affects The Post’s customers, advertisers, subscribers, vendors, suppliers or partners.” In such cases, Post management reserves the right to take disciplinary action “up to and including termination of employment.”

The Post‘s Guild sent out a bulletin Sunday night protesting the policy.


The guild wants to jettison other parts of the policy, which the Post confirms to Washingtonian went into effect on May 1 and applies to the entire company:

  • A provision that prohibits employees from “Disparaging the products and services of The Post’s advertisers, subscribers, competitors, business partners or vendors.

  • A demand that employees “Refrain from using social media while on your work time, unless using Social Media is an authorized part of your job.

  • A clause that encourages employees to snitch on one another: “If you have any reason to believe that an employee may be in violation of The Post’s Social Media Policy … you should contact the Post’s Human Resources Department.”

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Joe Scudder

Joe Scudder is the "nom de plume" (or "nom de guerre") of a fifty-ish-year-old writer and stroke survivor. He lives in St Louis with his wife and still-at-home children. He has been a freelance writer and occasional political activist since the early nineties. He describes his politics as Tolkienesque.

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