Facebook Post Results in Police Officer Resignation

Lora Bentley

The City of Bozeman, Mont., found itself in hot water with social networking sites and privacy advocates not long ago when word got out that it was requiring job applicants to hand over their account information for Facebook, MySpace, YouTube and other sites.


City officials may have been well-intentioned -- they said they wanted to ensure that their employees are of "the highest moral character." But in requesting the passwords from applicants, they may have caused the applicants to breach terms of use for the various social networks.


In the end, Bozeman backed down and no longer requires the passwords of job applicants. But that doesn't mean what's posted on your Facebook page won't ever affect your employment status. Take, for example, the story of Bozeman police officer Cody Anderson. Anderson resigned after a certain post on his Facebook page came to light.


According to law.com, Anderson "wrote on his Facebook page that there should be a law allowing police to take people to jail for being 'stupid.'" After the post was revealed in the course of a lawsuit against the city, Anderson apologized and said resigning was in the police department's best interest.


The story is yet another reminder that what is posted online never really goes away.

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Sep 7, 2009 5:07 AM mike mike  says:

Anderson should be the first to be locked up then. That man is the perfect example of stupid.


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