Allegedly: Adam Jacobi, a reporter for CBSSports.com, was recently twitter fired for erroneously tweeting that former Penn State coach Joe Paterno had passed away (this was before Mr. Paterno actually did pass away from complications related to cancer), according to Poynter.org.
Adam Jacobi, from his LinkedIn account
From the story, Mr. Jacobi found the original erroneous report of Mr. Paterno’s death from the student-run site Onward State.
Adam Jacobi tweets
Allegedly: Rodney and Ryan Belasic, two Tennessee high school students, were removed from their football team after their mother made a Facebook post disclosing that they did not live in the same county in which they play football for.
Rodney Belasic, image via Yahoo
According to Yahoo, the Belasic brothers were players on the Perry County High football team. However, their mother:
“…posted on her Facebook page that she sent the kids back to Perry County for the week and that she would not see them again until Friday night,” Childress said. “Then, later on her Facebook page, she posted, ‘How can two boys mess up their room as badly as they do when they’re only here on Saturday and Sunday?'”
As the mother was revealed to be living in a different county than her sons, theTennessee Secondary School Athletic Association (TSAA) deemed that they were ineligible to play on their football team, and that the team’s first three victories were ineligible as well.
The Facebook Fired hasn’t been updated since June. There have simply been too many stories to keep up with.
However, based on the traffic that the blog is receiving I know there’s a lot of interest so I’m going to continue my original work of documenting stories of people getting fired for their social media activity. Thanks for reading and linking!
According to WLWT.com, Eric Deters, a Kentucky attorney and radio show host, was Facebook fired for posting a racist video on Facebook.
Mr. Deters, whose radio show includes daily videos, was released from his position at WLW-AM:
“Eric Deters posted a homemade video of himself on Facebook saying that “if you want to conquer an African nation, send white women and pot.”
“If you want to know why I won’t be on the radio anymore, I don’t know. LOL,” Deters said in a statement. “I was not given a reason. I suppose we can all assume it was the video blog where I made a joke.”
Deters justified his statement on the video by saying that he had many black friends and clients, and noted that every black man who played on his flag football team shared some traits.”This is just calling it straight, okay? No political correctness,” Deters said. “Almost every — the hell with that — every black guy on my flag football team went out with, lived with or was married to a white woman and smoked pot. I just want you to know that I understand black culture.”
NY state representative Anthony Weiner has been making a lot of news lately for allegedly tweeting a picture of an underwear-clad penis from his confirmed Twitter account.
According to BusinessInsider, Mr. Weiner’s strategy of avoiding the issue is creating a lot of speculation as to whether he did indeed send the picture or not:
“Andrew Breitbart’s site Big Government, which caught the tweet before it was deleted, reported it was directed to a female college student in Seattle. That student, Gennette Nicole Cordova, later issued a long statementdenying, among other things, that she was involved with the (newly married) Congressman…
…But then CNN (and now others) got a hold of Weiner on camera, and the congressman appears to have thrown some fuel on the fire with his non-denial denial.
“I’m not going to talk about this anymore. If I was giving a speech to 45,000 people and there was a heckler in the back I wouldn’t spend three days discussing it.”
According to Boston.com, Jon O’Keefe (31), a Waltham MA resident and Abington High School replacement teacher, was Facebook fired for “friending” a student and violating his school’s ethics policies. Allegedly:
“Jon O’Keefe, a 31-year-old Waltham resident hired early this year to replace a teacher on maternity leave, was dismissed last week and ordered off school property while school officials, aided by police, investigate the matter, said Abington Schools Superintendent Peter Schafer.
“We have an ethics policy about appropriate boundaries and behavior, and certainly ‘friending’ students on a social network is not an appropriate boundary to cross,’’ Schafer said this week. He declined to reveal the nature of the allegedly inappropriate communication between O’Keefe and the students.”
According to the Intelligencer, Scott Joseph, a Brooke High School assistant football coach in Wellsburg, WV, was Facebook fired for making insulting posts about school officials on his page. Mr. Joseph’s page was publicly viewable for a period of time but is now private:
The page included a graphic of a heart with dripping letters spelling the words “F– You Brooke,” and criticisms of school officials, whom he described as liars, according to officials. None were mentioned by name….
“Maybe I could have used fewer cuss words or no cuss words at all,” he said. “I was very upset when I wrote that, but I still feel the same way. They (Brooke school officials) are liars and not good people to work with.”
Joseph was asked about images of Michael Myers of the “Halloween” movies, Charles Manson, the Zodiac Killer and Ted Bundy that appeared, along with DeMarcus Ware, by a heading “People who inspire Scott” on the page.
Mr. Scott, who allegedly was cited for swearing to school board officials during a phone conversation, had his contract terminated for insubordination by the school board.
According to the Age, Cameron Reilly, an 18 year old Scots Guardsman at Buckingham palace, was Facebook fired after posting a combination of racist posts and a rant against Princess-to-be Kate Middleton:
“Referring to Catherine and her future husband, he wrote: “hur and william drove past me on friday n all a got was a shitty wave while she looked the opposite way from me, stupid stuck up cow am a not good enough for them! posh bitch am totally with u on this 1 who reely gives a f about hur”.
The guardsman, who has on his Facebook profile that he joined the Army in 2010, is seen posing on the website holding machine guns while wearing his uniform.
Commenting on the picture he makes a racist rant: “a was gonae put a few rifles in ma bergan anaw but then a remembered a couldnt fit any in cause a had 2 many paki’s scalps in it already”.
UPDATE: 4/24/11: According to PRNewsChannel, Ms. Crowther has given her side of the story: allegedly, she was only on Glee once (in October 2010) and she recently overheard the Tweeted prom rumor at a dinner party from someone else. Her tweet was not made in a professional capacity and just speculation as any fan would:
“Mr. Falchuk publicly humiliated me and has made it clear that he never wants me to work again in Hollywood,” says Crowther. “I reported what I had overheard, no different than a gossip reporter would. I didn’t even know if what I Tweeted was true. I didn’t violate any code of ethics or violate a contract. I shared information discussed at a party.”
Also, please see comments below for insight from Ms. Crowther’s family!
ORIGINAL STORY: According to the Huffington Post, Nicole Crowther, an extra on the hit Fox show Glee, was fired for tweeting spoilers to an upcoming episode. Ms. Crowther, who revealed a secret about who would be prom king and queen in a prom-themed episode, was allegedly fired and is now out of work:
“Trouble in ‘Glee’ land: regular extra Nicole Crowther tweeted a major spoiler that revealed who would become prom king and queen on the show.
Angry fans quickly responded on Twitter, and co-creator and producer Blad Falchuk tweeted, “hope you’re qualified to do something besides work in entertainment” and “Who are you to spoil something talented people have spent months to create?”
UPDATE: 5/21/2012: Dharun Ravi receives 30 day jail sentence.
Original Story: According to the NY Times, Dharun Ravi, a former student at Rutgers University, was just indicted on hate-crime charges leading to the suicide of his former college roommate, Tyler Clementi. In a case which has reached national attention, while Mr. Clementi was having a romantic encounter with another man in his room, Mr. Ravi set up a webcam to capture the encounter and streamed it over the Internet. Days later, Mr. Clementi jumped off a bridge and killed himself, due in part to the embarrassment caused by Mr. Ravi’s actions.
Allegedly, Mr. Ravi had also used his Twitter account to post anti-gay messages, which in part helped arrive at the indictment:
Prosecutors said Wednesday that the events that led to the bias-intimidation charges dated from Aug. 6, the day Mr. Ravi learned the name of his future roommate — identified in the indictment as “T.C.,” since invasion of privacy is designated a sexual offense. Later that month, Mr. Ravi used his Twitter account to announce he had found out his roommate was gay….
….A Twitter message that day from Mr. Ravi summed up the sequence of events: “Roommate asked for the room till midnight. I went into molly’s room and turned on my webcam. I saw him making out with a dude. Yay.”
Dharun Ravi tweet