Facebook FAIL Friday 149

In this week’s installment, we have the typical government-employee-fired-for-a-stupid-Facebook-comment story…

August 10, 2013
Wisconsin DOT executive fired over Facebook posting
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s administration has fired a high-ranking state Department of Transportation executive after he posted comments on Facebook calling immigrants in the U.S. without legal permission criminals and likening them to Satan.
Associated Press

MADISON — Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s administration has fired a high-ranking state Department of Transportation executive after he posted comments on Facebook calling immigrants in the U.S. without legal permission criminals and likening them to Satan.

DOT spokesman Robert Miller said in an e-mail statement to the Associated Press that Assistant Deputy Secretary Steven Krieser was no longer employed at the agency as of Thursday. He declined to elaborate. Krieser made $97,971 annually.

Krieser confirmed in e-mails to the AP on Friday that he wrote the comments and apologized for them. [READ FULL STORY]

…But I am sad to report we also have a new all-time low for the human race… this man kills his wife, then posts her corpse on Facebook and admits to doing so… But don’t worry about him… he very well may not have to go to jail at all – because he lives in Florida and she was, according to him, “punching” him…

August 9, 2013
Facebook posting of body marks grisly turn for social media
Brittany Hargrave, USA TODAY

A Florida man who allegedly killed his wife and then posted a photo of her corpse on Facebook dramatizes the growing role of social media in enabling disturbed people to put themselves on display, mental-health experts say.

“In terms of people who are looking for publicity for good or bad reasons, or who are psychotic or feeling grandiose, (social media) presents an avenue (of self-disclosure) that has never been available before,” says David Reiss, a private practice psychiatrist based in San Diego. “We are just beginning to appreciate how it has been affecting our society.”

On Thursday, Derek Medina turned himself in to police after his wife, Jennifer Alfonso, was fatally shot inside their home in South Miama, the Associated Press reports. Hours before turning himself in, Medina allegedly acknowledged in a Facebook posting to killing Alfonso and moments later posted a photo of her bloodied body.

“For some reason, sharing something horrendous can give people a thrill,” says Prakash Masand, CEO of Global Medical Education, an online medical education resource focused on psychiatry. “People will post things on Facebook and Twitter that ordinarily they may have never spoken about aloud.” [READ FULL STORY]


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