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Facebook Responds to Job Seekers

Last Friday, Facebook’s Chief Privacy Officer Erin Egan took to the social network to post a lengthy note on the company’s blog to respond to the much blogged about Associated Press story about employers asking prospective employees for their Facebook passwords.

“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. We have worked really hard at Facebook to give you the tools to control who sees your information.”

The Mark Zuckerberg-founded website believes that employers should not be asking prospective candidates to provide their password because “we don’t think it’s the right thing to do.” Reaction to the plan has been supportive, but mixed. Facebook users have clamored to Egan’s post almost unanimously to applaud her sentiment, but don’t think that adding a link to Facebook’s Statement of Rights and Responsibilities will do much to stop employers.

Do you agree? Will employers looking to research potential employees ignore Facebook’s statement to inquire about your history, and should they be able to do so?

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