If one you company’s social media department employees resigns or is fired, the first thing that you should do is be sure to change any and all passwords that they may have.
The NBA learned this lesson the hard way on Monday morning when an alleged former employee used the league’s official Facebook page to air their grievances.
The NBA's official Facebook account just got HACKED 😮 pic.twitter.com/s7oEXJyCIU
— ClutchPoints (@ClutchPoints) August 21, 2023
The post went up early Monday morning and was quickly removed, but here is what it said:
“How do I log out of this? Haven’t worked here in weeks. Anyway, the NBA overextends it’s social media employees greatly to the detriment of their health and social lives for a salary of less than $50k annually after taxes. I worked 14 hour shifts without breaks at times. Shoutout Adam Silver. We don’t get health insurance until 90 days on the job! That’s silly isn’t it? Glad I resigned, no need for a job to get in the way of your happiness. Donate to mental health causes.”
The person then finished out the post with a peace sign emoji.
Now, obviously we wouldn’t condone this sort of behavior. And it’s a bad look for the alleged poster. But it’s also not a great look for the league if the allegations in the post are true.
Sure, 90 days for health insurance is fairly standard. But 14-hour shifts without a break are ridiculous and the league surpassed $10 billion in gross revenue in 2021-22. So why is anyone, even a social media coordinator, taking home less than $50,000 after taxes regardless of location.
After all, the league’s social media use is a large reason for its immense popularity, especially among younger generations.
Hopefully this person found the peace they were looking for with the post. But either way, the NBA has to wish it never saw the light of day.
And some social media project manager is going to be in deep water for not changing those passwords.