Social media is a place where people can post thoughts, observations, and jokes. Because of this, social media usage can often lead to employees getting in trouble at work. Nobody is exempt from the consequences of over-sharing or being inappropriate online. Recently, a White House official was allegedly fired for this.
Jofi Joseph worked as the director of nuclear non-proliferation on the White House National Security Council. He ran a Twitter account that insulted White House figures and political motives in Washington DC. On the account, he Tweeted negatively about officials from Hilary Clinton to Syria president Bashar Al Assad.
The Twitter account, @NatSecWonk, had been identified as being run by Joseph. He was subsequently fired for it, according to a government official. The Twitter account has since been removed.
Joseph had been working on negotiating with Iran over nuclear issues before he was fired.
Nobody, no matter how high of a title they have, is immune to controversy and consequences over social media postings. Even when social media accounts are anonymous, like Joseph’s was, identities can easily be found out.
When using social media, stay professional and don’t cross any lines. Keep the personal content for diaries.