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Friday, May 11, 2012
A state legislative committee approved a bill this week that would bar the practice.
Can an employer force you to reveal your Facebook or other social media password as a condition for getting hired or keeping your job? That issue began to get some attention in March after a statistician in New York reported that during an interview with a potential employer, the woman interviewing him had searched for his Facebook and, upon discovering that it was private, asked him for the password. The statistician, Justin Bassett refused and left the interview, according to the Associated Press. But the story brought to light other instances where employers have sought similar access to social media accounts, and have led several states to consider legislation to ban the practice. California's assembly voted Thursday to approve such …
Thursday, March 1, 2012
The district branches into social media via Twitter, Facebook and YouTube
Hillsborough parents—or interested residents—can now get updates from the district on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube. The district has officially entered the social media realm, creating YouTube, Facebook and Twitter accounts to share district events, news, informal reminders, and to post resources. Its Facebook and Twitter accounts have been live since February, while the YouTube channel has been active since Sept. 2009. Though the district’s Facebook page can be viewed by anyone, the district is the only user authorized to post updates or photos to the Facebook wall, according to Kia Bergman, the district’s community outreach coordinator. In addition, the Facebook page lists a “Rules of Engagement” that outlines its policies for …
Friday, October 28, 2011
Should posing as someone else using social media be considered a crime?
As social media has become increasingly popular in the United States, it has provided a forum for people to pose as someone else. A quick Google search of "Chris Christie, Facebook" pulls up multiple profiles claiming to be the New Jersey governor. Sometimes it's just a person creating a profile on Facebook, MySpace or Twitter to pose as a hero of his or hers. Sometimes, it can be disparaging to the person the profile was claiming to be. Last year, a Belleville woman was indicted on a count of identity theft after allegedly creating a Facebook page using a former boyfriend's personal information and photos, according to a report by the Daily Record. The woman allegedly wrote comments ridiculing the victim, a Parsippany detective, and were …
Wednesday, October 19, 2011
Recent news has teachers and social media use front and center. What's your opinion?
The First Amendment protects Americans' right to free speech. But how does that affect educators and how they interact with, or in front of, their students. A firestorm has started in Union Township and beyond and beyond by after a teacher allegedly posted comments anti-gay remarks on her Facebook site, according to NJ.com. Social media policies–or the possible creation of them–in districts are becoming a major talking point across the state. A law professor at Rutgers told the Star-Ledger recently that social media interaction between teachers and parents/students may be "buying significant problems," but that the same interaction could "help students and parents." So, what do you think? Should there be policies in place to police …