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I took the warning in the context of a job applicant; that's usually when background checks are performed, not after the person is already hired. It was addressed specifically to HS and College students. So in that context, the comment about learning to be wiser is kind of moot. If you fail to get hired because of some Facebook comments 5 years prior, I guess you're just SOL for the rest of your life.
Unless you're applying for a job requiring high level security clearance, the level of investigation required to really determine who was responsible for an internet posting seems like something that would fall outside of the legal purview of the employer. If they are basing hiring decisions on things like social media postings, I suspect they are just making an assumption and running with it. That's what I find disturbing.
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