The Importance Of Ethics In Social Media

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Social Media is an ever growing industry; leaving many businesses searching an individual 's social media account before deciding to hire them, and even checking up on current employees social media accounts―searching for ethical vs. unethical behavior. So, what happens when business, ethics, and freedom of speech collide? The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines ethics as “the discipline dealing with what is good and bad and with moral duty and obligation” (Merriam-Webster). Nonetheless, ethics are essential in a business; not to be a burden, but to guide the behavior of individuals to further success and safeguard a business. As Americans, we know that the first amendment protects our freedom of speech. But, what exactly IS considered freedom of speech and to what extent does it get protected? In reference to the First Amendment, “Congress shall make no law...abridging freedom of speech” (U.S. Courts). As the CEO of a large, highly visible TV company, it is my duty to enforce an ethical code after receiving criticism from politicians and the public regarding my employees―most of whom appear on television―continually voicing their opinions concerning political related controversies on their social media accounts.
This is where the ethical issue comes into play. What is considered unethical regarding an individual 's opinion? And what limitations can a company put on someone’s freedom of speech? The problem arises due to the criticism the well-known television company is

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