Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 18th May 2013 21:06 UTC
Games "At the end of a week in which Electronic Arts confirmed it wasn't developing a thing for the Wii U, one of the software engineers in EA Sports' Canada studio, in a series of since-deleted tweets, disparaged the console as 'crap' and suggested Nintendo should give up on hardware altogether. 'The Wii U is crap. Less powerful than an Xbox 360. Poor online/store. Weird tablet', tweeted Bob Summerwill, listed as a senior software engineer at EA Canada, in a reply to a tweet posting a link about EA's no-Wii U news. 'Nintendo are walking dead at this point'." The Wii U is turning into the 21st century's Virtual Boy.
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As MOS6510 said below, it depends on the company's policies, the manner in which you voice your opinion, and many other factors. And it's not just limited to corporations. I work in law enforcement, and if I post anything negative on my Facebook page, personal blog, Twitter account, G+ etc. about law enforcement in general or my department specifically, I am pretty much automatically fired. Notice I said law enforcement generally, as in the entire profession. Even though I'm not an officer myself (I'm a terminal operator, though I am certified as a jail officer too), I can say something as simple as "that sucked when those cops in Texas beat up that homeless guy" and I'd be subject to termination.

Of course that is here in the U.S., but it also holds true in many European countries. British companies in particular are fond of sacking outspoken employees for badmouthing the competition, even after apologies and sanctions are given all around. Like wise in Japan, where criminal charges can even be filed.

Speaking of that, there is also the ever present danger of being sued for libel if you say something financially damaging to another company. It doesn't matter if you're the company spokesperson or not, if you go public with an accusation and it's later found to be false as well as damaging to your adversary, you're liable.

As with any case where you have the right to free speech, you also have the responsibility of dealing with the consequences. I greatly enjoy the fact that I have the right in my country to say whatever I want, but I also don't go around screaming "fire" in a crowded space.

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As MOS6510 said below, it depends on the company's policies

Well, there's one thing that overrides any corporate policy: the law.

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