Company shames job applicant over bikini Instagram photo
In this modern world we all occupy, traditional ideas we might have had of privacy are being rendered more and more obsolete.
Now, a quick search of social media can tell strangers a truly astonishing amount about us, particularly if we're not careful with our privacy settings. Online security and data protection is, of course, a fiercely debated issue at the present time, and most people now have some idea of how to keep their information safe online.
The reality at present, though, is that we are leaving behind footprints on the internet that might give away information about our private lives we'd rather not disclose.
You have probably heard stories of people being rejected from potential job offers after their prospective employers combed through their social media accounts, and many of us have probably been warned to set our profiles to private at one point or another.
But now, News.com.au reports that a marketing company has shut down its social media after facing a backlash for allegedly "shaming" a female job applicant over her bikini Instagram photo.
24-year-old Emily Clow took to Twitter to share her story. She wrote;
'i was objectified earlier today by a company because of a picture of me in a bikini. they claimed it made me an “unprofessional.” they screenshot the photo, posted it on their insta story and called me out. i am still baffled that the company handled it in such a manner."
Here's the photo in question:
The company is said to have shared the photograph to their own Instagram story, writing;
“PSA (because I know some of you applicants are looking at this): Do not share your social media with a potential employer if this is the kind of content on it.
“I am looking for a professional marketer — not a bikini model.
“Go on with your bad self and do whatever in private. But this is not doing you any favours in finding a professional job.”
And social media rushed to Emily's support. One Twitter user commented, "wow guess it’s a lot to ask to be able to wear swimwear AND be employed. what a world." Another added, "Absolutely baffled how anyone working in social media content could have thought that was a good idea?"
At the time of writing, the company's Instagram page is set to private.