A week after having a series of snaps reposted to Instagram, Royal Bank of Scotland announced that Chairman Rory Cullinan would be leaving the company.
It seems the banking boss had used Snapchat to send his daughter some messages about how boring his job is. She reposted them to Instagram and they were picked up by the UK tabloid newspaper The Sun. “RBS boss on £4m bonus, who plans to axe 14,000, sends moaning Snapchat selfies,” the headline read. Ouch!
Snapchat, the social network favoured by teens and millennials, is a messaging mobile app that lets users share photos and videos with their friends knowing that after a few seconds the message will disappear and be deleted from the recipients’ devices. Instagram is also used to share videos and photos either publicly or with friends but without the disappearing aspect.
A week after the story broke, Mr Cullinan was out of a job. According to The Guardian, the move came as the result of a disagreement on how to restructure the bank’s investment arm. But who really knows?
It’s a cautionary tale for those who use social media without really understanding the functions and risks involved (both father and daughter in case, it would seem).
The lesson for users is never to take inappropriate photos or send questionable messages. Although they disappear, it’s easy for the recipient to take a screenshot of it, save it and share it anywhere.
A version of this article was originally published on Thornleyfallis.com