Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Australian editor suspended over Facebook comments

Singapore. 14 Sep 2010

AFP today reported that the Editor of the Glen Innes Examiner was suspended over inappropriate remarks he made on his Facebook account.  In the report, the Editor (Matt Nicholls), is alleged to have boasted about how he was going to exploit the death of a police officer to boost circulation of his newspaper.
 
This incident is similar to an earlier incident where the CNN editor for Middle Eastern affairs was fired after she tweeted about her respect for the Shiite cleric Grand Ayatollah Mohammed Hussein Fadlallah.  The Glen Innes Examiner incident is more evidence to support my theory of the perfect information environment in which nothing in cyberspace is hidden.

In this perfect information environment, users of social media must assume that (a) everything posted in cyberspace is seen; and (b) everything posted in cyberspace can be attributed to them.  While PR Professionals must accept that all responses must be open, 100% truthful and having an internet presence. 

For specific examples to support my asertion, please refer to my research paper on Crisis Communications in the Era of Social Media

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