Facebook has firmly come out against those employers and schools who are requiring employees, job applicants, student-athletes, and college applicants to provide them access to personal password protected Facebook accounts. Facebook's statement in part reads:
"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."
Social Media Monitoring Companies such as Varsity Monitor, UDiligence, and Centrix Social appear to be advising some of their clients to violate Facebook's Terms of Service, along with the constitutional rights of student-athletes, and the personal privacy rights of student-athletes' Facebook Friends. As I have stated over and over again, in general, employers and public schools may not require access to personal password protected electronic content.
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