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TCS staffer sacked for social media threats

Tata Consultancy Services (TCSNSE -4.30 %) has fired an employee working in Kolkata, after he was found sending rape and death threats on social media to two women. 

Screenshots of the messages that contained expletives went viral on Facebook and Twitter, following which TCS launched an investigation. “At TCS we have zero tolerance towards any act which goes against our core values. The employee has been relieved with immediate effect," said TCS spokesperson. He allegedly threatened to kill the first woman’s husband and son and then get her raped multiple times. 

Another woman, a 19-year-old from Assam, was verbally abused and threatened with violence. She filed a police complaint in Kolkata. 

ET could not contact the TCS employee, who has deleted his social media accounts after the messages went viral. While the first woman was also could not be contracted, the other woman, who does not want to be named fearing backlash, told ET that the man had sent her messages after reading her Facebook posts criticising the government. 

This is the latest case where a company has fired an employee over insensitive comments or hate speech. 

Companies in India are taking employee behaviour on social media very seriously to protect against online disasters to reputation and brand. Tech Mahindra NSE -3.53 % recently sacked its former chief diversity officer after a former employee kicked up a social media storm when he tweeted about homophobic harassment during his stint with the company.