Employers are asking for Facebook passwords? Where’s the proof?

The Hartford Courant’s Matthew Kauffman took a look into the Associated Press’s claim that “some companies and government agencies are going beyond merely glancing at a person’s social networking profiles and instead asking to log in as the user to have a look around.” He points out:

The original AP story cited a single case of an unnamed private company that requested an applicant’s password. …Nevertheless, several news outlets played the story with the suggestion that the practice was becoming increasingly common. …[But] there is little to suggest that typical employers are bearing down on applicants to open up their Facebook pages. Even with the vast crowd-sourcing power of the Internet, it’s not clear that anyone has outed a single private employer engaging in password-grabbing.

Months before the AP’s story ran, Steve Johnson of the Mercury News reported that “some employers are even demanding that job candidates disclose their social network user names and passwords.” He doesn’t name them, though.

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