Thursday, July 23, 2009

Tweeting could land you in Jail!

The Associated Press reports that Guatemalan Jean Anleu may spend five years in a Guatemalan jail for his anti-government Twitter rant. It makes him the first person in the world to be arrested for a tweet!

Using his Internet alias “jeanfer,” Anleu advised Guatemalan depositors to “take cash out of Banrural and bankrupt the bank of the corrupt.” According to prosecutors, these words “illegally undermined” the banking system, violating a 2008 law enacted by the fledgling democratic government.

Foreign governments aren’t the only ones concerned about the use of social networking sites. Many US businesses are revising their acceptable use policies regarding company-owned technology to include social networking. A recent survey estimated the annual cost to US businesses in lost wages due to personal use of technology on company time topped $1 billion.

FREE assistance with the creation or modification of acceptable use policies is one of the many benefits enjoyed by our CMIT Marathon clients.