Social Media Postings Can Cost You Your Job


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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Inappropriate social media postings have cost some workers their jobs and damaged their careers, according to a new survey by

According to the survey, 4 percent of U.S. adults say something they posted on social media resulted in them either being fired from their job, not being offered a job, losing a promotion, or being officially reprimanded or disciplined.

More than half of those who suffered negative employment consequences said they were directly informed by their supervisor that inappropriate social media postings were the reason. Thirty-nine percent said they were told by someone other than their supervisor. Just 9 percent said they had no direct evidence and were only guessing that social media played a role in them losing a job or not getting one.

An earlier survey found that 29 percent of social media users have posted a photo, video, comment or other personal information that they fear could cost them a job.

“Always assume your boss might end up seeing that Facebook posting or Instagram photo you’re about to send,” said Stephanie Rahlfs, an attorney-editor at

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