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Employers and Social Media Privacy

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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

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?

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Sonja Dyess, CEO of Gielow Marketing and PR, has over 15 years of experience in the marketing and public relations field. Working with profit as well as non-profit companies, in various countries, has allowed her to have a competitive edge and the ability to adapt to various clients. In April 2011, she was mentioned in Florida Trend Magazine as a social media expert. Sonja named the company after a town in East Germany, which her mother is originally from. Her mother fled communism at a young age in search of a dream. Gielow represents the hopes and dreams of all companies big or small. All businesses dream of succeeding and we are here to help you do just that, live your dream. Sonja can also be found on

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