Posted on 20 March 2012

Companies Asking for SocialNetworking Passwords Should be Outed Online

It seems that companies who want to be especially nosey during interviews are asking candidates to reveal their social networking passwords so they can be stalked screened.

Am I the only one who sees this as not only foolish and arrogant on the part of the company but totally crossing the line?

Personally, I think any company who asks for social networking passwords should be outed online through just those same means. Let the users of social networking be the judges on if those companies are worthy to be considered employers or not (because, not matter how juicy the paycheck, if the culture is full of creepers, I say you should move on down the road, friends.).

I say, if a company wants social media passwords as a pre-requisite to employment, people should be informed about it …online. Social media is a two-edged sword, and companies that think they can hide behind their corporate firewalls and bureaucratic red-tape have much to learn.  Maybe, if their entire PR department is managing a reputation crisis over perceived privacy violations, they won’t be so keen on seeing what WE are saying about them?

Since the rise of social networking, it has become common for managers to review publically available Facebook profiles, Twitter accounts and other sites to learn more about job candidates. But many users, especially on Facebook, have their profiles set to private, making them available only to selected people or certain networks.

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. Once employed, some workers have been required to sign non-disparagement agreements that ban them from talking negatively about an employer on social media

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