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Consider looking at the underlying goal of a company policy, not the particular technology it wants a policy to address. For example, if your policy said, 'Companies cannot use the phone/meet for lunch/sit next to each other on the subway to make disparaging comments about their employer'-- you'd be hard-pressed to defend that as a wise and sound policy. But the end result of a Facebook post is the same; only the technology is different. Sure, a post on a Facebook wall is more public than a Facebook message, but so is talking loudly on the subway so others can overhear. So long as the law is clear that the NLRB can protect employees' right to kvetch, I don't see that doing so on Facebook is substantively different than what's come before.

Jay Shepherd

I agree, Matt, that people tend to focus on the technology aspect (in this case, the Facebook platform) instead of the bigger picture. It's understandable, since there's a novelty about having a Facebook policy in the first place. My main problem is that companies have a knee-jerk reaction and want to start hyperlegislating Facebook usage. Nearly no employers have a policy forbidding "being mean at work." (Nor should they do.) Why then do they need a "being mean at work on Facebook" policy?

Thanks for your comment, Matt!

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Is it the case that in america..employers are asking would be employees for their facebook passwords..


And we're not giving it to them! :)

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