Social media surveillance by employers is a newly discovered, albeit surprisingly common, phenomenon. According to a 2018 Gartner report, “50% of 239 large companies monitored the content of employee emails and social media accounts, along with who they met and how they used their workspaces,” according to Harvard Business Review .
Sometimes this monitoring can have consequences as many users go viral after sharing their stories of being fired for using a social media platform.
Now a user has gone viral after claiming his company T-Mobile told him to stop making TikToks – despite doing so off-watch and to promote the brand.
“All I wanted to do was work with T-Mobile Corporate and make videos for them, work with the social media team and move up the ranks,” explains TikTok user Jon (@primetimejon). “That was all I wanted to do was just cheer for T-Mobile.”
Jon’s video explaining the situation currently has over 648,000 views.
@primetimejon I love you all, goodbye for now💕✌🏽 #primetimejon #jonfromtmobile #tmobile ♬ Original sound – jonfromTMobile
In the video, Jon notes that he has received positive feedback from both fellow district managers and users on TikTok. While Jon notes that all of his videos are shot 24/7, many feature his T-Mobile store prominently, mostly in a positive light. The videos range from daily lifestyle vlogs to comedic sketches of customer interactions.
@primetimejon good morning gear🙌🏽ready for a busy day💰👑 #primetimejon #jonfromtmobile #sandiego #daygo #applelaunch #iphone14 ♬ Original sound – jonfromTMobile
@primetimejon The End💀 #primetimejon #jonfromtmobile #primetimejonpov #sandiego #daygo ♬ Elevator Music – Bohoman
“Countless weekends, hours and days. 12+ hour shifts, all the time. I’ve missed so many special occasions and various events and things like that for T-Mobile, which shows my dedication,” he says of his dedication to his work.
Despite his apparent love for T-Mobile, Jon says his business has several ongoing issues that were left out of his rosy T-Mobile coverage.
“I can’t even get uniforms for work. They don’t provide me with shirts where I work. My printers haven’t worked for ages; I can’t even print stuff. staff sucks; [we’re] always train alone,” he shares.
Jon hasn’t posted on TikTok since making this video, although he remains active on Instagram.
In comments, users supported Jon.
“@T-Mobile y’all gotta get this right,” wrote one user. “This man promoted you for free. Help this man.”
However, some advised Jon that this was a lesson in terms of employment.
“Once you realize these companies don’t care about you. You will live better!!” explained one commenter.
“I’m sorry bro but the company might be careless,” agreed another. “Never sacrifice yourself for a company that will replace you.”
The Daily Dot contacted both Jon and T-Mobile via email.
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*Initial publication: September 25, 2022 at 10:18 am CDT
Braden Bjella is a culture writer. His work can be found in Mixmag, Electronic Beats, Schön! magazine and more.
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