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A Facebook folly
A lady in Canada reportedly lost her health benefits for depression after uploading some photos of herself looking happy on Facebook.
November 22, 2009 1:38 by kippreport
A Canadian woman, who has been on sick leave from her job in IBM for the last year because of depression, said that she lost her insurance benefits after her agent found photos of her having fun on Facebook.
When Nathalie Blanchard, 29, asked her insurance agency Manulife, why she suddenly stopped receiving payments, the company said that she had posted several pictures on Facebook showing that she was enjoying herself. The photos showed her at a bar, celebrating her birthday and sun-bathing. Based on this, Manulife said that she was not depressed anymore.
Blanchard told Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) television that the insurance company insists “[she’s] available to work, because of Facebook.”
However, Manulife said in a statement that “we would not deny or terminate a valid claim solely based on information published on websites such as Facebook.”
The incident shows the increasingly prominent role that social networking sites like Facebook are playing in our daily life. Last week, a man in Dubai was charged in court of dishonoring his ex-employee on the site.
Has Facebook become more of a bane than a boon? Are we being judged more on the basis of what exists on our page than who we are?