Oracle fires employee after Ad Age interview

Jill Rowley says she was fired for violating Oracle’s social media policy by talking to a reporter about the firm’s initiative to train salesmen to use Twitter.

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According to Business Insider, she was transforming the team of more than 23,000 sales people. Oracle hasn’t commented to Business Insider on Rowley’s dismissal.

If Rowley’s account is accurate, though, it’s troubling on a number of levels. It’s not unreasonable to think that someone who has become a thought leader in social selling would know better than to overstep a social media policy. But a review of Oracle’s Social Media Participation Policy doesn’t reveal what policy element Rowley violated.

The 13-paragraph article doesn’t disclose confidential information, comment on mergers and acquisitions activity, or discuss future offerings. She said nothing objectionable or inflammatory. As for speaking for Oracle, it’s not clear that she did, but then again, Ad Age is not a social media property as defined by Oracle’s policy.

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