posted on Apr, 23 2013 @ 07:40 PM
Originally posted by Hopechest
Originally posted by SloAnPainful
reply to post by Hopechest
No it is not like providing a list of references. Why wouldn't you just provide the list? Why would they ask for my social media information?
Well if it were my company I would prefer the social media because that is more likely to represent the real portrait of the person I'm thinking of
Do you ever give a reference without knowing the person will speak favorably of you?
Of course not, so this is not the best way to get an idea of what the person is like. Remember that employers are responsible for thier work
environment and all the employees operating within it. To hire someone that might not fit in or cause disruption is always a potential risk but the
more information they have the better they can fine tune their hiring process.
What else do you really think they are going to do with your Facebook information beyond that? Make posters of you drinking beer on a pool table and
plaster them around town?
So where does it stop?
Should a employer demand to know your religious beliefs?
"Sorry Bob, but we're not going to hire you because you don't conform to the same church as the majority of our employees, even though you turned
out to be the best qualified for the job, and are even accepting the salary we offered right off the bat."
Should a employer demand to know your political beliefs?
"Sorry Bob, but we're not going to hire you because you don't conform to the same political beliefs that the majority of our employees (nor our
How about things that you "Liked" on FB?
"Sorry Bob, but we just looked over your FB account and it turns out you 'Liked' the FB page for someone else product that we're in direct
competition for. Never mind that it was years ago and before we hired you, but we don't like that. You're fired."
There are plenty of jobs out there that require background checks. Having been in the US Navy, with the clearance I held, I'm quite well aware that
the government will go through great pains to check you out.
Many companies want to avoid having anyone with a criminal record of any sort, or people they might consider "High Risk".
However, companies have been doing this for YEARS just fine without having to demand that you turn over your Facebook account to them.
In many ways it's the same as a company demanding that you turn over any private diaries you might keep.
By advocating this, as you have demonstrated in this thread, you have shown that you are very much in favor of corporate control. Government control.
And invasion of privacy.