Big Brother Is Watching: Why Social Media Policies Make Good Business Sense

It may not be illegal to ask job applicants for their Facebook password, but doing so may cause you to lose the best job candidates—and infuriate the employees you already have.

The House of Representatives in March killed legislation that would ban employers from demanding workers’ social networking passwords—after several organizations were criticized for demanding access to candidates’ Facebook pages as a condition of potential employment. In The same month, an outraged Facebook threatened to take legal action against companies that requested passwords to their users’ pages, arguing that that violates the company’s privacy guidelines.

This public conflict underscores the broader challenge that companies face when building a social media policy that support the corporate brand without infringing on the rights of employees or job applicants… Read more


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