This has happened before where someone “liked” a controversial post online – and then found themselves in trouble for having “liked” the post.
Many tend to click “Like” on friend’s posts without necessarily seeing or thinking through the details. No idea if that happened, below, but everyone should be aware of this issue.
In this case, some police officers “Liked” a post by a former police officer that took part in the attack on the U.S. Capitol.
Oakland police pledged to investigate allegations that officers have endorsed or “been involved” in social media accounts of Wednesday’s Capitol takeover.“
We will not tolerate any form of hate speech, any expression that supports hate speech or any acts of subversion, whether in-person or on online platforms,” the department said in a statement released on Friday.
The department said it learned that “current employees may have been involved on social media accounts that contain objectionable or offensive content.”
Note – I found the insurrection and attack on the U.S. Capitol disgusting and hope participants face maximum legal consequences for their actions. My notes above do not endorse the Oakland police department, its officers or the former officer. I have no idea what the original social media post contained. My comments are solely about the impact of “Liking” a post on social media and how that can – and has for others – affected their employment.