curiosity can’t be avoided

According to mark zuckerberg, Facebook was built with the purpose of enhancing communication with friends, family and people without difficulty, Facebook also encourages users to control personal information, and information shared to friends. It is common knowledge to know the effects of social networks such as Facebook; it’s understandable to be relaxed while on Facebook but we have to understand that what’s done cannot be undone, Facebook developers admit that “once an information is on a third-party server, Facebook can’t do anything about it” (pg.236, line 15.) therefore it’s our responsibility to be careful of what’s posted on Facebook. Privacy settings is not the only way privacy can be protected, Kim hart metions that “Facebook fanatics who have covered their profiles with silly games and quirky trivia may be unknowingly giving a host of strangers an intimate peek at their lives” (pg.235, line 1.) this statement is accurate because on CNN news (wed 24 2013) a CNN programmer shows the possibility of such games or apps having virus that can affect people’s privacy without them knowing so such games should be avioded. There is quote I heard someone say one, it goes this way “don’t say what you don’t want others to hear, don’t do what you don’t want others to see” the same applies to Facebook

thusly the question “Do employers using Facebook for background checks face legal risk?” (Carolyn Elefant, pg. 236.) Facebook fanatics should not be afflited by such quesstion if there privacy settings are enabled. Personally I affirm that employers who use Facebook for background checks should not face legal risk, We should understand that these employers are also humans who are victims of curiosity and being curious is not a crime it’s a disease unfortunately cannot be help but can be subdued, in order to subdue their curiosity “employers can’t resist peeking at social networking sites” pg. 337 paragraph 3.)such as Facebook there it’s the applicants job to protect his or her privacy. Some individual might say it should be a legal risk, it the roles between employer and applicant were to be switch the same thing would occur because people often given a false presentation of themselves. Being an employer come with great responsibilities, to the company or person he or she is working for or the applicant or soon to be employee. Therefore it is very reasonably to do a Facebook background checks either way background checks so it makes no difference.


5 thoughts on “curiosity can’t be avoided

  1. Everything that you said was great. I agree with you 100%. Also, Facebook, twitter, MySpace and all the other social networking sites are in my opinion a HUGE waste of time! i understand that you want to stay in touch with our friends and family, but that is why we have email, text messaging, and oh ya, the actual telephone to keep personal information, PERSONAL! All of the social networking sites are great if you want to share pictures of where you have been, a birthday, a special event or anything else that is significant. But, today kids and young adults are posting obnoxious, ridiculous, and obscene comments and pictures all over the web. Web sites like social networking sites are by far one of the easiest sites to hack, and post viruses too because they are used by almost everyone. I do not blame the third party’s that get the information, or potential employers who look up potential employees on these websites. I feel that if you are going to use one of these or all of these social networking sites, then you should have common sense not to make your personal information so available to the public. I am sure that your family and friends know your name, where you are from, phone number, etc. so why make it public knowledge. If anything make up a name to make it harder for those who are looking for you to find you. In my opinion though they are ALL a BIG waste of time.

  2. “qudi1”, I agree with you as well as with “Hooker’s” comment.

    To me, Facebook is useful to stay on top of your circle of acquaintances’ ongoings.
    For instance, you move to a different part of the country and can’t stay in close contact with all of your friends. With the help of Facebook and other social networks, you are able to occasionally check what they are up to, congratulate them on anniversaries, or have a written, “small talk”-resembling conversation. Nevertheless, this only works properly for distant acquaintances.

    In addition, I especially enjoyed reading the last part of your response. Let’s assume, I would own a company and was looking for a new employee. After myriad interviews, I finally narrowed my choice down to two promising candidates. However, I wouldn’t be able to choose one over the other. What would my next step be? I would google them and definitely look for their Facebook profiles. A responsible, well-educated adult would make sure that his or her profile is set to private. Furthermore, he or she wouldn’t upload photos that wouldn’t be suitable to hand around during our company’s annual Christmas party. Ultimately, I don’t think that checking the Facebook site of a job applicant should be prosecuted. Showing intimate photos freely on the Internet is like pinning them on one of the information boards in a college hallway.

  3. I agree to a certain extend of your response.
    Everyone on facebook is responsible for what they post. We are responsible for who we friend, what we say, what we do, and what we share. I think that too many people do not take the time to think twice about what they post, and when something happens, they blame Facebook and everyone else but themselves. Things that one person consider “private” should not be posted on Facebook in the first place in my opinion. With the knowledge of the internet these days, you simply cannot post something on the internet and expect it to be purely secure. This is just a fact of reality.
    However what I do not agree with is that while knowing that fact, employeers should not take advantage of that. Yes, we are “curious” but that is why there should be regulations and guidelines. We cannot do something that is against privacy guidelines and simply justify it as “curiousity”. If that was the way every company or buisness was run…then we all of our companies will soon be corrupted. Facebook’s first sole intention is to be a “social” network, it is not by all means a “personal background check” engine.
    I do agree that yes, it would be so useful to check job applicants to background check them, however I do not think it is professional. Although that is our first intention, I think we should have strict rules to avoid that from happening.
    For example, like the comment above if I were in the situation where I had to choose two applicants, I used Facebook to background check them and let’s say both were clear? They both had clear and clean profiles… but let’s say maybe one is the same religion as me. People cannot help but to be a little biased. I would want to choose that person that has that extra common ground as me. But ultimately that is not the ethical way of giving someone a job because a job has someone’s life on the line.
    I think that is where a lot of the problem begins. Great blog post, it really made me think!

    • I especially agree with what you wrote in the first part of your comment. However, my earlier comment was mainly based on the topic of “decency”, setting your Facebook account to private, and not making intimate photos accessible to the whole Facebook community.
      When a person posts private information or photos without any restrictions on who is able to see it, he or she gives up his or her right to privacy. And in the business world, reputation is everything. If such material puts me (the employer) in a bad light, my “life” (or at least my business) might be “on the line” as well. Nevertheless, if a 21st century business person takes a candidate’s religion into account, he or she should really reconsider his/her job choice.

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