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Would you give up your Facebook password to get a job? Reacting to reports that some employers were requiring job applicants to do so, a lot of CNN.com commenters said no – or more accurately, @%&#@ no!
The American Civil Liberties Union is fighting to block employers from requiring users to share their social-networking passwords, arguing that it is an invasion of privacy.
Facebook also weighed in about the controversial practice, telling employers not to ask for the passwords unless they possibly want to get sued.
Commenter IamBobBobIam says the first thing he does when considering job candidates is check out their Facebook page.
"If they have anything on there bashing a previous employer or anything of the sort, their resume immediately goes into the recycle bin."
(But asking for a password crosses the line, he says.) "In my mind it is the same as asking for their personal e-mail password."
Jason Fournier agreed that it was invasive and said job hunters should sue.
"Demanding an applicant's Facebook password is equivalent to demanding a copy of the key to their house. Civil lawsuits against such prospective employers should easily succeed, and once the first multimillion dollar penalty against an employer idiotic enough to insist the applicant provide their password is won, this whole story will happily go away.
Several commenters evoked the ghost of Johnny Paycheck, who famously sang "Take This Job and Shove It".
Dan Overholtz: If a boss ever asked me to do that, I'd tell 'em where to shove it. I need a job badly but not that bad!
Some commenters sided with companies and understood why these firms would want to know what prospective employees were doing online.
Cat Nippy: In certain jobs, such as those requiring a security clearance, it might be a valid requirement. Some jobs also have a character clause in the employment contract, and the employer might like to know in advance of hiring and training you if you have nasty things posted on your (Facebook) page.
Qroozer: I think it's fair for companies to do this. They should be able to find out everything they can about who they are hiring.
Many said there wasn't much job seekers could do about the practice in this economy.
BD70: Private companies have people over the barrel. You want the job? A drug test and your Facebook password. They should check on the employees they already have – might be surprised at what they find. Unless they already do, in which case I wouldn't want to work for that company. Your private life is not your own. It would belong to them.
lcook5: Of course it is none of your possible bosses' business. Do you want a job? Seems logical to me. You do not have to give it to them. There are lots of people in line for the job.
inc0gnit0: I'm sure it's OK for employers to ask for sexual favors. You can always refuse. There are lots of people in line for the job.
Many readers asked if anyone would want to work for an employer that demanded their Facebook login, and challena responded enthusiastically:
Yes. ... Yes. ... Yes. ... I would as long as my boss feeds my animals and waters my crops on my farm in Farmville.
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Compiled by the CNN.com moderation staff. Some comments edited for length or clarity.