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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

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?

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  1. Stephen on November 23, 2009 12:19 am

    Wow to know that insurance company use facebook to check on you.

  2. Jasmine on November 23, 2009 12:23 pm

    Well im an asian, and most of us protect our pix against strangers on all internet platforms…but if you keep all your information and life story out in the open for the whole world to see, there are bound to be peeping toms and curious georges who have no business seeing them – starting to comment on them and affect your life.

    so its totally upto each individual – how much they want to share about themselves with the rest of the world !

  3. Eric on November 23, 2009 9:09 pm

    Did she friend her insurance agent????

  4. lofa on November 24, 2009 1:01 pm

    I’ve read several news articles and researched for additional details before coming to a conclusion.

    I’m sorry to say this, but it sounds like to me that this woman is just lazy. Anyone who really had a depression [or other mental] problem would NOT be posting photos on facebook, much less continuing to post photos on facebook. This whole “I have a depression problem” is just one that ANYONE can fake.

    Now as for the argument of how facebook profiles should have been locked and private… there is NO such thing as keeping things “safe” and locked on the net. ANYTHING that gets posted or sent [yes that includes EMAIL] through the net STAYS on the net. I’ve known this simple FACT for years.

    As for the insurance company being “in the wrong” to snoop and discontinue her benefits… I’m sorry, but they have every right to know if someone is handing them a line a sh!t just to get free money out of the deal. There ARE people out there who REALLY do need and deserve to have health insurance, but don’t get it because of individuals like this woman who make it bad for everyone else. I commend the insurance company for buckling down and I wish that other leeching individuals would get caught and cut off too.

    Bottom line: it doesn’t pay to be a thief, liar, lazy, money moocher. Let this be a lesson for anyone who thinks it’s ok to suck on the system while others pay their hard earned money for it. IBM would be wise to not allow the woman to come back to the job. Instead, they should tell her to take a hike, as this story I’m sure will have some sort of bad reflection on the corporation. If this woman is capable of going to a beach weekly and capable of going to night clubs to see male dancers, then she’s most certainly capable of working a normal job like a normal human being.

    Don’t feel sorry for con artists. They’re good at sucking people dry of their money.


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