Facebook blasts employers who ask for employee Facebook passwords

By on March 26, 2012
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Doing so is strictly against Facebook policies.


It’s common knowledge that a lot of employers look over at an employee’s Facebook profiles to see whether they’re prospective candidates and what not. But a particularly odd situation that most employees are facing right now is employees who ask them for their Facebook passwords to monitor their profiles. And clearly, Facebook is not supporting something like this and has slammed such activities in a new post.

On a public post on its Facebook Privacy page, Erin Egan, Facebook’s Chief Privacy Officer, mentioned that activities of this sort violate Facebook’s policies:

“    We don’t think employers should be asking prospective employees to provide their passwords because we don’t think it’s right the thing to do. But it also may cause problems for the employers that they are not anticipating. For example, if an employer sees on Facebook that someone is a member of a protected group (e.g. over a certain age, etc.) that employer may open themselves up to claims of discrimination if they don’t hire that person.”

Facebook takes this seriously, and may even be “initiating legal action, including by shutting down applications that abuse their privileges” if the above is not followed. So beware, scumbag employers who don’t understand the concept of Facebook.


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  • Lvrda3cl

    I don’t see how they can legally ask for your FB password, any more than they can ask for any other personal information, e.g. ATM PIN. As such any action taken as a result of refusing to disclose should be discriminatory and open to legal recourse. 

    • Anonymous

      unfortunately, some applicants are desperate for to please the recruiters that they will give in. sad world it is turning into

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