Social Media and the Military

#1
According to FYB and a few mates that I have at different units, it appears that soldiers are being punished for posting comments on FYB regarding the Tommy Robinson photo/video. These are not soldiers involved in the video, just commenting and basically laughing at the whole situation.
I really dont want this to turn into a "Tommy is a racist c**t" or "Tommy is my hero" thread. God knows we have enough of them already.
What Im interested in knowing is what your thoughts are on what should and shouldnt be regarded as acceptable behaviour on social media by serving soldiers? Do you think the military is going to have to adapt/ change its current rules on what it expects from its employees online behaviour? If operational security isnt affected, should it matter what sevicemen/ women say online?
Im not interested so much on what MOD policy is on this, more what your own thoughts or opinions are?
My fear is that if the MOD punish people for opinions on FYB or Facebook, then where does it stop? Will soldiers have to stop voiceing their opinion altogether online?

Debate.
 

ugly

LE
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#2
I'm fairly sure in my day writing to the papers (the equivalent) was a no no! However your Mum could!
For some reason everyone thinks that we need to hear their opinion, definitely one of the downsides of modern life!
 
#3
I'm fairly sure in my day writing to the papers (the equivalent) was a no no! However your Mum could!
For some reason everyone thinks that we need to hear their opinion, definitely one of the downsides of modern life!
Maybe......but it aint going away mate.
 

The_Duke

LE
Moderator
#4
If I posted something on social media which brought my (civvy) employer into disrepute I would be disciplined. If it was really bad, I could be dismissed for gross misconduct.
 
#5
Telling everyone from birth that they're a unique and special little flower can lead to them believing their opinion is important and deserves to be heard. Couple of billion thickos all with an opinion is bound to lead to chaos, fear and loathing.

Stock up on popcorn and beer.
 
#6
If I posted something on social media which brought my (civvy) employer into disrepute I would be disciplined. If it was really bad, I could be dismissed for gross misconduct.
Agreed.....but who decides what is disrepute and what isnt?
 
#8
The employer. And is is subjective.
Thats kind of the point Im trying to make.

The MOD can say anything on social media is bringing the Army into disrepute and punish or discharge soldiers for.........well anything really. After all, its subjective.
 

The_Duke

LE
Moderator
#9
Thats kind of the point Im trying to make.

The MOD can say anything on social media is bringing the Army into disrepute and punish or discharge soldiers for.........well anything really. After all, its subjective.
Yup. And so could mine. And I promise you, anything I put that linked my employer, through me, with any form of extremist or bigoted group would see me having a series of very uncomfortable conversations.

So I don’t. Not difficult, is it?
 
#10
If I posted something on social media which brought my (civvy) employer into disrepute I would be disciplined. If it was really bad, I could be dismissed for gross misconduct.
And if you'd been specifically not to post on that subject, and you did anyway, you'd get scant sympathy if you got a warning.
 

The_Duke

LE
Moderator
#11
It isn’t exclusive to the military though. The idea that your social media profile is somehow private is an alien concept to many.

I have ditched many FB contacts who started expressing views I disagree with. Not because I am a special flower, but I don’t wish any form of guilt by association.
 
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The_Duke

LE
Moderator
#14
Horrible “new speak”, but if you assume you have the role of “brand ambassador” for your employer, you can’t go far wrong. You don’t have to be doing anything to help their image, but do anything to potentially harm it and watch the money stop flowing.
 
#15
If I posted something on social media which brought my (civvy) employer into disrepute I would be disciplined. If it was really bad, I could be dismissed for gross misconduct.

A very good point. Er indoors was a senior HR Advisor with a large transport company some years ago with the usual extensions for their website (.com and co.uk).
A disgruntled employee decided to launch a porn site with the company name and the extension .net.
It wasn't long before this was discovered and she took great delight in hauling him in - no coffee, and summarily dismissing him.
 
#16
A very good point. Er indoors was a senior HR Advisor with a large transport company some years ago with the usual extensions for their website (.com and co.uk).
A disgruntled employee decided to launch a porn site with the company name and the extension .net.
It wasn't long before this was discovered and she took great delight in hauling him in - no coffee, and summarily dismissing him.
Did she work for "Bareback Ladyboys"?
 
#17
Soldiers are basically just 'slaves' that get paid. The MOD can make them do pretty much what they want - and if the MOD say they don't want them going online and posting comments, they basically can get away with it.
Also the Army Officers/Warrent Officers seem to be a law unto themselves, and if you're a serving soldier and disagree with what you're told or don't do what you're told - you're life will become a misery. Any shit jobs/guard duties - and you'll be spammed to do them.
 
#19
Did she work for "Bareback Ladyboys"?
You're just fishing for the name innit. That was a clue.. it began with Christian and ended with Salvesen.
Luckily er indoors was long gone before the company was bought by Norbert french feckers Dentressangle and disappeared almost overnight.
 
#20
Ahem...similar sanctions were threatened against ship's company on The Bulwark a few years ago during an operation that made a few people feel all warm and gooey inside but was grossly miss-reported in the media and reality taking a firm back seat.

I posted on here at the time alluding to it.
 

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