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How is this violating your privacy? You don't have to give them the passwords...

Are you really dumb enough to make this comment ?

This is hiring discrimination, its not bussiness of any employer what a employee does outside of the place of business, unless they are commiting liablous slander.
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unless they are commiting liablous slander.

Which would have to be public itself as to be libel it has to be published publicly, or made public. Private writings are just that, private. Slander also has to be untrue for it to matter. So, if you trashed someone for something thats true you're even safer and within your rights to do so. If a company fired you for this (at least in the Uk) there'd be hell to pay.
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Although I would never give my password/friend any official from my University, I have in the past friended potential employers and gotten the job afterwards.

Before I did that though I actually cleaned it up by removing any swears, personal info (personal cell), fixing grammar, hiding the photo album of me burning my high school year books with home made napalm. Then I sent my friend request and they commented on how noticed that, they didn't even ask me. Turned out though that the job really sucked for a number of reasons, but it was only a temporary summer job.

I mean it depends on the field you work in but a lot of employers now days are really looking for people who know how to use social media to market themselves.

Just look at all the vender rep's on this site who make their companies presence known. I know when I think of corsair I think of Corsair George from this site and I know that was in the back of my mind when I was purchasing my M4 SSD and PSU last week.
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Are you really dumb enough to make this comment ?
This is hiring discrimination, its not bussiness of any employer what a employee does outside of the place of business, unless they are commiting liablous slander.

It's not violating your privacy. It's crappy, but at the same time, an employer doesn't only want to know how you handle yourself on job tasks, but also in general. A good worker won't let their non-work life interfere with their work-life, but an employer still wants to know if they are evaluating a good worker or not.

I still don't think an employer should be granted this info--at least not at this moment in history--but it's not a violation of privacy, and it's no more a method of discriminating than forming opinions of someone based on how the dress or how they smell, things completely irrelevant to technical capabilities. You can choose not to hire someone based on your opinion of them so long as there's a legit reason to record somewhere--and there is always some legit reason you can find. It's the sad truth of how it works.

But honestly, work lives and non-work lives should be completely separate, and as an employer you should understand the risks you're taking on by hiring someone, and also understand there's a line you should not cross while evaluating applicants.
    
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Although I would never give my password/friend any official from my University, I have in the past friended potential employers and gotten the job afterwards.

Before I did that though I actually cleaned it up by removing any swears, personal info (personal cell), fixing grammar, hiding the photo album of me burning my high school year books with home made napalm. Then I sent my friend request and they commented on how noticed that, they didn't even ask me. Turned out though that the job really sucked for a number of reasons, but it was only a temporary summer job.

I mean it depends on the field you work in but a lot of employers now days are really looking for people who know how to use social media to market themselves.

Just look at all the vender rep's on this site who make their companies presence known. I know when I think of corsair I think of Corsair George from this site and I know that was in the back of my mind when I was purchasing my M4 SSD and PSU last week.


I personally feel like any kind of rep/advertisers or such for a company should go onto forums and such to actively present their company.

 

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That is ridiculous. That is like asking for the password to your e-mail account. I would NEVER give out my Facebook password (I don't even have an account anymore) nor would I work for a business that wouldn't hire me without it, unless there was some legitimate reason, i.e. background for a job requiring high level security clearance.
Either enough people will refuse that they will drop this silly requirement or they will be sued.
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" I see you posted some bad stuff after having a bad yesterday, sorry. You're fired. "
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I smell class action lawsuits and petitions.
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it was probably used to show a persons character as evidence

It is used to put a person's character in a certain light, yes. That, itself, is not evidence but evidence can be had in the form of incriminating content (like a kid who says "brb, gonna rob a 7-11" and proceeds to do exactly that).

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Funny, when my SO applied for her latest teaching job her potential (and now current) school pretty much insisted she have no Facebook page at all and if she did to keep it private and never allow students as friends (or parents either for that matter).

I'm fine with that. More than a few public servants get in trouble for dumb things posted on Facebook, so the ideal solution is to not have one at all.
    
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Take advantage of this and tailor your facebook profile to make you look better. Worked for me.
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