Is Facebook an Ethical Hiring Tool? (Scientific American)



From long-lost relatives to potential crushes, social media promotes clandestine investigations and covert judgments. Yet, “Facebook stalking” takes on an entirely new meaning when companies assess job candidates based on their online profiles. According to Scientific American, a recent study showed that many applicants found this practice unsettling, and were more likely to negatively view an employer thereafter. Consequently, ambiguous social media policies could lead to discrimination lawsuits in the future.


  1. John Carter says:

    Yes, using information from Facebook in hiring is UNETHICAL

  2. Erik Jorgensen '87 says:

    THis brings up some interesting issues. I figure any company I apply to work for will Google me. And if I’ve decided to leave my social media profiles open and free for anyone to look at at will, well that’s my own choice, and maybe my own fault if I don’t want that information public.

    An online reputation is what it is.

    But if the company decides to go deeper, (such as by requesting access to my Facebook account or somehow “friending” me), that crosses a line in my mind

    Phone records, spy chips, facial recognition software, license plate cameras. It’s starting to feel like we’re all in a Margaret Atwood novel. We need some better firewalls between the many silos of data that exist on all of us and those who would wish to use it for commercial (or more nefarious purposes). A job interviewer digging into Facebook is more on the tacky end of this continuum, but it does not take too much imagination to see how it all could turn very oppressive, very quickly.

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