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Attention Social Media Users: Common Sense Required

larsen-congressional-staff-tweetDon’t call your boss an idiot on the Internet.

Sounds simple enough, right? Yet, apparently basic rules of common sense allude far too many social media users. From celebrities to politicians to journalists, stupidity online doesn’t seem to be ending any time soon.

In the latest news of tweets gone wrong, three Hill staffers for Democratic congressman Rick Larsen, legislative assistants Seth Burroughs (@therocketship1) and Elizabeth Robblee and legislative correspondent Ben Byers (@byers_remorse), have been fired for their inappropriate tweeting.

NW Daily Marker posted several threads of tweets between the staffers that describe on-the-job drinking, misuse of office time and resources, and public insults aimed at their boss Congressman Larsen.

The staffers made the tweets from personal, not official congressional, accounts, but many appear to be written during work hours — and describe their ineffectiveness on the job.

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MediaBistro.com reports, “The staffers’ Twitter accounts have since been deleted, but appear to have taken reasonable precautions: they don’t name the boss by name, the accounts don’t have last names associated with them, and so forth. It’s not clear how the Northwest Daily Marker identified the accounts.”

Social media projects our personalities and flaws for the world to see. So inevitably, stupidity is going to be sent streaming through the Internet.

But, the question still remains: why can’t people remember to keep their “stupid” off the Internet???

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