Throughout the past few years Facebook has developed into the largest social media website in the world. People make Facebook a routine in their daily lives and some people would even call it an ideology. But how far would you go on Facebook to get fired from your job or even have to give up your password to someone?
Recently there have been many accounts of people losing their jobs over facebook status'sand posts. The most recent was a soldier who bashed President Obama and was dishonorable discharged from the Marine Corps.
There have been other similar accounts of people who talk badly of their job or even their boss while they are at work and get firedbecause of it. Because their privacy on Facebook is open to everyone, their employers are looking at what they are saying about their job.
It is because of this that employers have recently started asked prospective employees for their Facebook name, user name and password. This may seem outrageous to most of us but for employers it makes sense that they are trying to have precautions.
"According to James Poulos of Forbes magazine, "Orin kerrof the Volokh crew makes an intuitive comparison, describing this "egregious privacy violation” as tantamount to demanding an applicant’s house keys. I agree..."
Kerr mentions that your Facebook Password is like a persons house keys, you would never give them to somebody that you don't know. Many arguments have been made that this is an extreme invasion of privacy and should be illegal, but the truth of the matter is that employers are simply just asking for the information and you do NOT need to give it to them.
NY State Senator Chuck Schumer started a petitionto stop employers for asking for passwords because he was totally disgusted with the idea. He says that he will try his hardest to stop this from continuing.
Although This new found trend among employers is legal, should it be banned in the near future? Or will you give your password to somebody that you don't know?