Facebook Condemns Employers Asking for Passwords

(Ping! Zine Web Hosting Magazine) – A recent report from the Associated Press indicated that various companies had been asking job applicants to submit their Facebook passwords as part of the hiring process.

On Friday, the social network directly addressed the issue in a post via the company’s Facebook privacy page, condemning such policies. “In recent months, we’ve seen a distressing increase in reports of employers or others seeking to gain inappropriate access to people’s Facebook profiles or private information,” stated the social network.”

“This practice undermines the privacy expectations and the security of both the user and the user’s friends.  It also potentially exposes the employer who seeks this access to unanticipated legal liability,” Facebook continued in the post.

The AP’s report had specifically chronicled the stories of two job applicants including NYC statistician Justin Bassett who refused to give his password away during a job interview when asked by the hiring manager.

While it’s been regularly known that many prospective employers screen applicants’ social presences online, obtaining sensitive information has come to many as a shock. In the same post, Facebook used the occasion to emphasize that it regards user privacy as critical. For more on the matter, view the post by Facebook here (Facebook.com).