Unfriending colleagues on Facebook is bullying: Tribunal

By GizBot Bureau
|

Can trimming out someone from your Facebook friends' list land you in the dock? In Tasmania it did, where a tribunal has ruled that 'unfriending' someone on Facebook amounts to workplace bullying.

Unfriending colleagues on Facebook is bullying: Tribunal

The Fair Work Commission decided chopping someone out of your news feeds is tantamount to risking a colleague's health and safety. The case came up when two women fell out while working for a real estate agent's office. After a flurry of disagreements one, Mrs Bird, deleted the other, Roberts, as a Facebook friend.

SEE ALSO: Top 20 Awesome Smartphones Launching this Diwali Festival Season This Year

As Roberts suffered with depression and anxiety the tribunal ruled in her favour, claiming it showed "a lack of emotional maturity and is indicative of unreasonable behaviour", Telegraph reported. Plans for an anti-bullying order for the employer are now in the offing.

Separately, a study done by a University of Colorado doctoral student found 40 percent of people would avoid in real life anyone who unfriended them on Facebook. Women were more likely than men to get offended by the gesture. Perhaps a safer option is 'hiding' updates by the irritating "friends".

Source IANS

Most Read Articles
Best Mobiles in India

Read More About: facebook

Stay updated with latest technology news & gadget reviews - Gizbot

Notification Settings X
Time Settings
Done
Clear Notification X
Do you want to clear all the notifications from your inbox?
Yes No
Settings X
We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. This includes cookies from third party social media websites and ad networks. Such third party cookies may track your use on Gizbot sites for better rendering. Our partners use cookies to ensure we show you advertising that is relevant to you. If you continue without changing your settings, we'll assume that you are happy to receive all cookies on Gizbot website. However, you can change your cookie settings at any time. Learn more