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Ethics by Proxy – Matthew Cordle Confesses to DWI and Vehicular Homicide on YouTube

When we entered the era of social media not all that long ago, did we also enter an era of different ethical behavior? The following story is one of those “Maybe Yes and Maybe No” moments.

michaelcordleThe case concerns a 22 year old man who, on June 22, 2013, was out drinking with his friends at a local bar. He drank so much, he was on the verge of “blacking out,” when he got into his vehicle, put the key in the ignition and drove off into the night. Unfortunately, he was so drunk he entered a highway in the wrong direction and slammed into another vehicle. He killed the other driver, a 61 year old man who was obviously in the wrong place at the wrong time.

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Posted by Chuck Gallagher in Ethical Behavior, ethics, Social Media, social networking and tagged , , , , ,

Prospective employers checking you out on Facebook not ethical? Get over it.

Prospective employers checking you out on Facebook not ethical? Get over it.

Prospective employers checking you out on Facebook not ethical? Get over it.

Is it ethical for a company to use what you freely post on a social networking site as part of their decision making process? Prospective employers checking you out on Facebook not ethical? Get over it.

I posed that question the other day to a group of students at Queen’s Business School in Kingston, Ontario.  The answers I got were interesting; they generally saw sites like Facebook as just that: a social networking tool. And they didn’t generally connect that a prospective employer has an ethical right to base their hiring decision on what a candidate posts online in their off hours.

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Posted by Chuck Gallagher in business ethics, Facebook, LinkedIn, New Website, Social Media, social networking, Twitter and tagged , , , , , , , ,

Students – It’s Time to Think of Facebook in a Different Light! Comments by Business Ethics Speaker Chuck Gallagher

Facebook – on of the fastest growing social networking sites can be awesome or can be a curse. Started by a young man who wanted to keep up with his friends, Facebook has become an outstanding tool. Likewise, like any tool, how you use it determines whether it will serve you or hurt you.

It's Time to Think of Facebook in a Different Light

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As a business ethics speaker, I talk to college groups all around the country about effective uses of Facebook and other social networking sites. The creative application of Facebook could make the difference in whether you get that first job (the one you really want) or don’t. The question is – “Is Facebook a tool for business or a public garbage dump for how you feel at the moment?” facebook-logo

Here’s a garbage dump example:

A Calvin College student has been suspended for one year over a lewd Facebook message he allegedly posted about an ex-girlfriend.

According to an article in The Grand Rapids Press, a message about an ex was posted from Tony Harris’s account in November that “referred to the woman in two slang terms and referenced sexuality.” Calvin officials did not return calls from The Chronicle, but the newspaper reported that the college cited Mr. Harris, a sophomore, for violating technology and conduct codes at the institution, which refers to itself as “distinctively Christian.”

The acceptable-use policy on the college’s Web site prohibits “communication that degrades or harasses individuals or groups.”

Mr. Harris, who not respond to requests for comment from The Chronicle, has insisted that the ex-girlfriend, who he said knew his Facebook password, logged in to his account and sent the message herself, presumably to frame him, the newspaper reports. Calvin officials were apparently unconvinced.

In order to resume his studies at Calvin in a year, Mr. Harris will need to re-apply to the college and recant the Facebook message, according to report. —Steve Kolowich

Now, ethically speaking, Mr. Harris used Facebook as a public garbage dump for how he felt about his ex-girlfriend. Not only was that less than honorable, but it had repercussions far greater than Mr. Harris would have expected when he posted his thoughts or feelings.

Every choice has a consequence.

The Consequence: Kicked out of school! Not allowed to return without reapplying and who knows what other repercussions he is experiencing from his ex-girlfriend and parents. In fact, one might wonder how many girl would now want to be his girlfriend since he has demonstrated that he might not honor them when they part?

There’s a saying – “garbage in — garbage out.”

While Facebook may have been started as a social networking site, it is rapidly becoming a “product/person differentiation site”. In other words, with Facebook being public and searchable, people of all ages who use it should consider that it is nothing more than a personal web site. What you put on there is your advertisement of yourself. If you want to sell yourself, you need to consider what you say and how you position yourself.

Facebook is a powerful tool – use it to your advantage!

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Posted by Chuck Gallagher in Choices and Consequences, ethics, Facebook, New Website, Social Media, social networking, Teens and Family and tagged , , , , , , , ,

Social Networking, Social Media, Social Web and Ethics – Are They Compatible? Ethics Speaker Chuck Gallagher Comments!

For a 51 year old former Sr. VP of Sales and Marketing, current business ethics speaker and fraud prevention consultant, I am finding web 2.0 and/or social media (or whatever title you give it) to be a vast open space for opportunity and/or disaster. And for those of us who are growing into this new frontier the pitfalls can be dramatic and costly. So, I’m wondering are Social Networking, Social Media, Social Web and Ethics compatible?

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