Another black eye for Bell Canada thanks to media relations employee Jason Laszlo and his rather cavalier Facebook privacy settings.
From Remarkk Blog:
Laszlo made a real boner move, boasting on Facebook of his ability to snow journalists with his network management bafflegab, referring to journalists as “lemmings” in a recent status update.
"Realizing how little separates most journalists from lemmings." Oops. This
private announcement by Laszlo has got a lot of people up in arms. This is after all is the same Laszlo who has been defending Bell's decision to throttle bandwidth of Canadian ISPs, telling journalists there has been little backlash, and that it will in the end help users.
I like most people am left a bit peeved by Jason's comments. You do however have to feel for the guy. At the end of the day, there's not much he can do about Bell's net neutrality decisions. Sure he made some bad calls, no he should not feel good about deception; but you have to think the guy is finding his career and reputation in jeopardy and no one likes to see that.
So, can anything good come out of this story? Absolutely. This is a wake up call for consumers and journalists alike to ask tougher questions, demand better answers. It serves as a stark reminder that beyond the press release and polished conference podium there is another side of the story waiting to be exposed.