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Over the past few days, we have been watching a growing trend with employers. Employers are now asking prospective employees for their social media logins or befriend a human resource official on Facebook. The laws clearly state that you cannot ask an employee their religious preferences, marital status or if they have children, but if you login to someone’s profile, you will see the answers and possible political opinions right there.
Many social media experts have been warning their clients and the future employment generation to utilize the privacy sections on Facebook, so that employers and future employers cannot invade your privacy. Well, what’s the point if they demand it? What you say on Facebook should be amongst friends, not those that control your lively hood.
Now yes, all those that work with the Gielow team are friends on Facebook and we all follow each other on Twitter, but it is not demanded. In fact at times I have seen things on my team’s profiles that I clearly do not agree with, but I don’t say anything because at the end of the day, my team gets the job done and their views and actions do not reflect upon the company. Shouldn’t social media fall under free speech?