Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Make All the Facebook Laws You Want

I remain amused at the interest of state governments to institute limits on the ability of higher ed (or K-12 for that matter) to "police" social media as a violation of the First Amendment.  Aside from the obvious -- you violate terms of service when you ask to get passwords/logins, etc -- these items are not about embarrassing the institution as much as self-inflicted wounds upon the individuals.

Our most recent case in point -- a fraternity in the Pacific Northwest that lost its on-campus house and the ability to recruit thanks to its Facebook page.

In the brief from The Chronicle, note they were disciplined for violating the student conduct code of the university, not for breaking a social media policy.

Reminds me of another Oregon event where the perp of a hit and run DUI event busted himself by posting it online.  Or any number of other times where bad social led to loss of jobs.

Our jobs in higher ed include . . . educating young people (and the young at heart coming back to college) about the perils of over-sharing.

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