Congress, workers unions fight back on companies’ strict social media policies

An attempted amendment and an NLRB petition aim to protect user privacy

We have seen a lot of evidence of late that working professionals these days have to be careful with what they say and do on social media—companies are watching, demanding users’ login information and even suing for ownership of accounts. But a few recent events show that the pendulum might be swinging back toward user privacy.

Facebook issued a statement last Friday in response to the news of companies asking for potential hires’ logins, saying that no one should be forced to give up that information to get a job. Then, Democrats in Congress attempted to insert an amendment into a Federal Communications Commission bill that would forbid employers from asking for logins, but Republicans blocked the amendment earlier this week.

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