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Stamp: Facebook Privacy by 8manderz8 Stamp: Facebook Privacy by 8manderz8
"There is a reason why I keep my facebook set to private."

Employers asking prospects for facebook passwords

More and more employers are asking for access to people's facebooks during interview phases.

"Justin Basset, a NYC statistician, had just finished answering a few character questions when the interviewer turned to her computer to search for his Facebook page. But she couldn't see his private profile. She turned back to him and asked him to hand over his login information."

"Companies that don't ask for passwords have taken other steps -- such as asking applicants to friend human resource managers or to log in to a company computer during an interview."

I understand that whatever you put onto the internet doesn't truly go away. That it's possible for people to know everything that you've ever said online. That you should conduct yourself responsibly, just in case a future employer is watching.

I also understand that social media websites, such as Facebook, give the user an option to set their profiles to private.

It sickens me that companies are trying to circumvent that privacy awarded by sites like Facebook. There is a reason why my profile is set to private - so that only my friends and family will be able to search for me and interact with me on facebook.

I mean I understand the desire to know just who you're hiring. In that case, fine. Have at me. Google away. I'm sure you'll find out that I'm a highly opinionated person who has a lot to complain about in my spare time. But you will only learn that on pages where I have specifically allowed my information to be public, not from my goddamn private facebook.

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Deviant-Girl-Amazing Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2014  Student Artist
There is a reason why I keep my Facebook in privacy.

Because I don't want other strangers to friend me. If they pretend to be my friend, they will cyber bully me or sneaking to my room and murder me for no reason why. Not just that but many more reasons why.

That's why I keep my Facebook in private.
AgonizingSwordfish Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Dreamcasts Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I have mine set to private because I don't want random people from deviantART friending me. I've had it happen in the past and let's just say it was less than a pleasant experience.

I really don't think employers should do that. I mean, I have nothing to hide, but I don't think it's fair of them to search all over your Facebook like a paranoid girlfriend.
8manderz8 Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I agree, it's just not their place to be so concerned with what I ate for breakfast, haha.
Demon-Bender Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2012
It bothers me that employers want to know everything about their employe's personal lives, but unlike a lot of people, I still believe in privacy. I actually don't have a Facebook account, so I wonder if this employer would demand that I make a Facebook account. There are plenty of good reasons to have a private Facebook and not to mention if these employers really cared about not hiring shady people, it's not that hard to find out if someone has a felony conviction. (In other words, be a little less lazy about background checks and don't assume you can get all the information you need from Facebook.)

In addition, there are probably a lot of people who have private Facebooks in order to avoid cyberbullying and also people stalking them.
8manderz8 Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
It bothers me too, I mean really, how does knowing who someone is friends with or what they did last weekend have anything to do with what the person will be doing while they are at work? :facepalm:
Demon-Bender Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2012
Exactly. I do plenty of things on the internet that would not be considered appropriate for work, like reading fanfiction. But I don't actually do it at work and it's none of my boss's business. (I don't have a desk job so I spend very little time on a computer at work anyway.)

Yes, I agree that knowing how many Facebook friends your employee has probably won't tell you how good they will be at their job. Plus, I think that employers look at Facebook pictures to see if there are any pictures of their employees drinking because as we all know, everyone who drinks even a little bit must be an alcoholic.
Somiko-Raven Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2012   General Artist
Honestly, I don't even use my real name on facebook :p
8manderz8 Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Lol, I'm seriously considering doing that.
Somiko-Raven Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2012   General Artist
Hehe, it helps when you want to hide from people :ninja: So many crazy classmates in the past lol.
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