Facebook has never been known for it's amazing privacy … but this is a definite step in the right direction!
They've certainly gotten better over the years, but almost everyone knows someone who got in trouble with an employer or was fired for something that ended up on Facebook.
Well, ever since stories have been coming out about potential employers actually asking job applicants to give them their Facebook passwords, the social networking giant has decided to take action.
They've just posted on their blog, saying:
"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. This practice undermines the privacy expectations and the security of both the user and the user’s friends."
They even went as far as to basically tell U to tell employers to "stick it" if they ask for your password.
"If you are a Facebook user, you should never have to share your password, let anyone access your account, or do anything that might jeopardize the security of your account or violate the privacy of your friends.
As a user, you shouldn’t be forced to share your private information and communications just to get a job. And as the friend of a user, you shouldn’t have to worry that your private information or communications will be revealed to someone you don’t know and didn’t intend to share with just because that user is looking for a job. That’s why we’ve made it a violation of Facebook’s Statement of Rights and Responsibilities to share or solicit a Facebook password."
Way to stand up for the users, Facebook!
Ever since Facebook filed for its IPO they're certainly all about making people happy.
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