Responses to “Facebook”
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Responses to “Facebook”
Last week, I asked you: “What do you think of being required to give up your Facebook username and password to a prospective employer? Would you do it? Have you done it?”
Bloomberg Businessweek reported that companies are requiring potential employees to submit log-in information for their social media networks. Some companies say the virtual vetting helps to assess the character of potential hires.
Here are some reader’s comments:
“I have nothing to hide on Facebook,” wrote Rebecca Pellot of Monroe, N.Y. “But if it’s a choice of getting the job, I would give my password.”
“The only way that I would agree to this grossly intrusive requirement for employment is if I were applying to be a CIA or FBI agent,” said Nicole Leonard of Baltimore. “The vetting process for those jobs is so extensive they are likely to find out about anything on my Facebook page anyway. Any other job? No way. I am an asset and it is their loss.”
Brian Busenbark of New Fairfield, Conn., thinks requesting Facebook passwords is an egregious intrusion on personal privacy. He wrote: “I have nothing to hide, and viewing my Facebook activity would probably bore them to tears, but I would not give out my password on principle. Further, I would make the case that an employer should not want anyone that would so readily give up (his or her) password. I contend that giving up my password for the mere prospect of a job makes me a weak businessperson – not the kind of person they should want representing them in front of clients and negotiating contract terms on their behalf. In my opinion, the value to the employer of asking for the password should be to weed out the people who actually would give it to you!”
“Prospective employers are requesting access to password-protected Facebook accounts? Sounds like a sneaky way to discover information they aren’t supposed to ask for during interviews — marital status, parenthood, pregnancy, and illness. It would be difficult to prove discrimination if such information was used in making the hiring decision,” adds Michelle Carter of Minneapolis.
Those are very good points by Carter. I suspect she’s right on the money.
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Tia Lewis contributed to this report.
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