(Closed) Potential employers asking for FB passwords?!

posted 6 years ago in Career
  • poll: Would you provide yor password?
    Yes, the job is more important that my privacy. : (7 votes)
    3 %
    No, my personal life is none of their business. : (234 votes)
    95 %
    Other : (5 votes)
    2 %
  • Post # 3
    2747 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    I for one would consider taking a recording device with me to an interview.  If any one of those places got busted with this, it would be pretty sweet to see.

    And the answer is “heck no”.

    Post # 4
    3261 posts
    Sugar bee

    Hell no I would not give them my password. 

    Post # 5
    5295 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: January 1993

    If I did, it would be a dummy account. 

    I don’t think I’d want to work for a place like that, but like you say, this economy isn’t fantastic. 

    Post # 6
    2135 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    I never would, I think its disgusting.

    I read the article, and it said that in a more toned down version, some employers “reauest” (if you are trying to get hired though, a request isn’t really a request is it?) that you ‘friend’ someone in their HR dept. I think that even this is an invasion of privacy. If I have a private profile, it shouldn’t be ny of their business. It would be different if you have an open profile, but if you specifically set it to private, you shouldn’t have to share.

    Post # 7
    1614 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2014

    Absolutely not…I have NOTHING to hide…and my facebook is 100% G-rated, however, this is a true invasion of privacy, and I can’t imagine any employer doing this…ever! Most people don’t give their passwords to the people they love the most and are closest with…why would you ever share it with someone in an interview??? Also, most people use the same password for every account…like I do….Once I give you that, you have access to EVERYTHING…not gonna happen…I’d be fired, or not get hired…. =)

    Post # 8
    9053 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2010

    My first response was hell no… 

    Which in second thought is kind of funny since my current job required a credit check, 10 references that they interviewed In person, a home visit and a polygraph…

    But no, my husband doesnt even know my Facebook password. And like a pp noted I pretty much use the same password for everything. 

    Post # 9
    6825 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    Nope, I would walk out of the interview. FB is none of their business.  It is also against the Facebook’s content to give out your password.  That and lawmakers are looking into making this against the law. That story was big news here last week

    Post # 10
    574 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: January 2011

    Heck no.  I have nothing to hide on Facebook, because I’m a very private person anyway, but there is absolutely no reason why my employer should have access to my information.  I have a feeling this will be stopped very shortly.

    Why should they be able to go on the profiles of my friends without their consent?  Honestly, why would an employer care what I do on weekends?  I understand why employers should be notified if I commit a crime.  But if I like to go out to the bar or casino on Friday nights – why should they know about that if I don’t want to tell them?  

    My time at work is their business. The other 128 hours in my week are absolutely none of their concern.

    Post # 11
    7606 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper

    I saw a headline on the news today about Facebook threatening to take legal action against employers for requesting passwords.

    It seems obvious to me that people would just create dummy accounts or, more easily, just deactivate their facebook pages or set themselves so that they couldn’t be found in searches.  That’s what I would do.  Duh!

    Post # 12
    529 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: April 2013

    I would.

    Though, I think you’ll be seeing a lot of lawsuits revolving around this. I’ve read a couple articles on this and to me it kind of makes sense for the positions that are asking them. Like the people who are being requested for their information are applying to be a lawyer, police officer, corrections officer. Considering most employers do a drug/ credit/ background check, I don’t think this is that far reaching, especially considering how important social media has become in society.

    Post # 13
    529 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: April 2013

    @subbywife11:  While this is true, you have to kind of think about it from the employer side. When a company hires you, you basically become a representation and face for the company. People you know associate you with the company, and your bad actions could negativey affect the business of that company. That being said, the people being asked are high ranking people in the company who are basically the face. Think lawyers, police officers.

    Post # 14
    1430 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: April 2015

    Umm no, I would never give a potential employer my password. Anyway, this is just dumb on a company’s part since it has the word lawsuit written all over it.

    Post # 15
    5993 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: May 2010

    although my answer is no the fact is i make sure my FB is employer friendly and rarely have negative comments and all work related comments are always positive

    one of our employees rants and raves about her managers and workplace but 2 other people here are her FB friends so her rantings are no secret and i know her direct manager has treated her differently because of her attitude a nd she has missed out on opportinuties because of it

    Post # 16
    2408 posts
    Buzzing bee

    Since I don’t use my Facebook account for business, there’s no need for my job to have access to it. Besides, what would they be using the access for? I wonder who started asking for passwords in the first place!

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