It recently came to light that many employers are asking job applicants to hand over their passwords to their Facebook and other social media accounts as part of the hiring process. If there’s one thing that the public objects to it is a violation of their privacy, so it has caused some controversy.
Now Facebook has warned employers not to do it. Facebook has announced that it is serious about protecting the privacy of its users and their stance is that they should never be forced to give up their 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.”
“Facebook takes your privacy seriously. We’ll take action to protect the privacy and security of our users, whether by engaging policymakers or, where appropriate, by initiating legal action, including by shutting down applications that abuse their privileges.”
It’s nice to see the company standing up for it’s users and hopefully this will put an end to the whole thing.