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FTC Okays Social Media Background Check Company 229

nonprofiteer writes "The FTC has dropped its investigation of a new company that runs social media background checks and ongoing Internet/social media monitoring of employees, determining its compliant with the Fair Credit Reporting Act. So make sure your gun photos are private and that you're not part of any 'Legalize marijuana' Facebook groups."
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FTC Okays Social Media Background Check Company

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  • Re:Why guns? (Score:2, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday June 15, 2011 @05:10PM (#36455320)

    There's nothing illegal about supporting the legalization of pot.

    Or supporting the other political party than your boss does.

    Or being gay. Or black. Or having gay or black friends.

    Or not turning your back and shunning old friends just because they may be leading a sketchy life.

    Or having a medical condition which might prove costly to the companies insurance plan.

    Or being a hunter. Or being a vegan.

    All of which are reasons you will lose you your job thanks to this service. (Of course, they wouldn't openly fire you for being gay, but clever HR knows how to tapdance).

    You aren't allowed to keep home and work seperate anymore, and that's sad, and will lead to future generations of stressed out slaves, all under the eye of the bossman 24/7.

    I don't have a facebook account. The gag is, I work in advertising and write a lot of facebook apps!

  • by odin84gk ( 1162545 ) on Wednesday June 15, 2011 @05:13PM (#36455368)

    I will not work for a company that wants to bring their home drama to work with them. Simple as that.

  • Re:Obligatory (Score:4, Interesting)

    by fyngyrz ( 762201 ) on Wednesday June 15, 2011 @06:22PM (#36456116) Homepage Journal

    Yes. Unfortunately, it is also very bad advice.

    The exposed nail gets hammered down, and very much so in US employment today.

  • by Obfuscant ( 592200 ) on Wednesday June 15, 2011 @06:47PM (#36456370)

    Some of us actually have friends though, so your solution won't work for us.

    Quite astute of you, sir. It was nearly impossible for anyone to have any friends before Facebook was created, and likewise nearly impossible to keep in touch with any of them prior to Mr. Zuckerberg's fine accomplishemt.

    And now that Facebook has been created, all previous forms of communications that any of the very very few people who DID have friends have been disabled, effectively preventing anyone who is not on Facebook from having any friends at all.

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