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01/27/2012

Facebook access for employers

Would you want a potential employer looking at your Facebook page?  One New York investment firm says they will no longer be accepting applications for open positions, and will strictly base new hires on "Web presence”.  Eyewitness News wants to know what you think. Post your comments (below) and they could appear on Eyewitness News First at 4 p.m.

Comments

Pochiraju Sivaram

The employers will certainly look into people's comments in Facebook whether one likes it or not. Youngsters should be very careful while commenting on any matter in any social network including Facebook.

Rosemarie

TOTALLY UNACCEPTABLE! THERE SHOULD BE NO REASON AT ALL WHY AN EMPLOYER SHOULD BE LOOKING AT PEOPLES PERSONAL PAGES.

Jezreel Ricafort

As an employer if you really want to get an employee which is good in many aspect i think it is advisable to check the profile let say is facebook if he or she has the account in facebook. Why? In his/ her post you can determine what type of personality does he/ she has, whether weak or strong. Using social network like facebook we can determine what is good and bad on that people before hiring. It is good in vice versa if you are well behave in facebook and your post and profile is brilliant and professional then you have an advantage.

Ealon

No I do not feel employers have a right to your privacy. My Facebook page is personal and only people I invite are allowed. If this happens I would close my account.

Lisa S. from Queens

Sure, why not? I have absolutely nothing to hide! If they want to look at my family photos, what's wrong with that?

su3385

I am not and never have been an advocate of FACEBOOK, and have never believed that it was truly private. Ditto, comments on websites like such as this, which i make on a regular. I don't fault them for using EVERY legal tool at their disposal to vet new hires. However, if an employer does not want to hire me due to my personal opinions - so be it. That is their choice and if that's the criteria used for hiring, we may not have gotten along anyway. If I want anything to be private - I don't put it on the internet, even in a personal email, since there is NO privacy.

LG

Our privacy is eroding, this is just one more thing. I? Sure there will be more to come. Theres nothing we can do about it.

JS

This is very reason I am not on facebook, etc. Social media venues have gotten much, much to public. Most companies do their own background check that should be enough - this goes for banks, car insurance, etc. It's really none of their business and I feel a violation of the individual's privacy.

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