Your Facebook writings could come back to haunt you.

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Facebook the all seeing eye

Your Facebook writings could come back to haunt you. Social Intelligence Corp monitors a variety of online destinations for employers.


While seven year’s worth of information will be archived, employers won’t be able to access archived information. The company explained why: “Data is archived purely for compliance reasons and not used for any other purposes. This is to provide a verifiable chain-of-custody in case the information is ever needed for legal reasons. Archived data is never used for new screens. As per our policies and obligations under the Fair Credit Reporting Act, the only information we collect on job applicants is employer defined criteria that is legally allowable in the hiring process. Examples of this include racist remarks, sexually explicit photos or videos, or illegal activity such as drug use.”

What do you think–how many different kinds of online writing should prospective employers be able to read? This is a good time to check out the Facebook

Privacy Guide.





 UPDATE: Forbes has corrected their original story about Social Intelligence. Here is an important clarification about the process: “Social Intelligence had sent me some of the reports they’ve provided to employers so far, including a job applicant who had a photo on a social networking site that featured multiple guns and a sword, and another who was designated racist for joining the Facebook group, ‘I shouldn’t have to press 1 for English. We are in the United States. Learn the language.’ … Social Intelligence’s ‘negative’ findings will stay in the files of Workplace-Shooting-Waiting-To-Happen and No-Hablo-Espanol for seven years per the requirements of FCRA, though new employers who run searches through Social Intelligence won’t have access to the materials if they are completely removed from the Internet.”

Editor’s Note: This post has been corrected to add clarification from the company.

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Comment by Tara on June 23, 2011 at 10:30am
Wow, unbelievable! My band has a facebook page but as far as a personal page goes, I had a FB page for all but a week a couple of years ago and something told me to run away, don't walk, so I closed my acct and never opened another one. I think I made the right call for myself.
Comment by truth on June 23, 2011 at 10:55am
Leaving Facebook? You can try... but 'evil genius' social network w...

The tide is turning against Facebook - last month, more than 100,000 Britons deleted their accounts on the social networking sit.

But committing ‘Facebook suicide’ is not as easy as you might think.

If you are truly determined to do the deed there are two options: you can deactivate or delete

Comment by noblsht on June 23, 2011 at 11:07am
this should work for completely deleting a face book account>>>>>>>>>
Comment by Dallas Yankee on June 23, 2011 at 11:18am
Exactly why I don't use my real name on ANY social meida site.  No pics, no personal info, etc.
Comment by Tara on June 23, 2011 at 11:18am
Thanks for the info noblsht. "Account killer"..... got to love the name, lol!
Comment by Epinoia on June 23, 2011 at 12:01pm

‘I shouldn’t have to press 1 for English. We are in the United States. Learn the language.’


That's not a racist remark. The remark merely shows a bias toward a single language for the nation, and that language being English. Our laws are written in English. It's racist to only have a button for Spanish-speakers. What about someone who would prefer to talk to a Dutch-speaking representative? They don't have a button to press.

Comment by Anonymiss Express on June 23, 2011 at 6:45pm
Thank you for the information James.
Comment by Anonymiss Express on June 23, 2011 at 6:46pm
@epinoia No, the Dutch have hardly buttons that can be pushed. Simple sobriety with as little attachments as possible. Grin.
Comment by Kim Moore on June 24, 2011 at 5:22pm

all i can say is that if ANYTHING i post offends them and they disagree...i don't want to work for the assholes anyways,

i'm non-compliant, honest and trying to wake people up and if they can't handle it then f* 'em =)

when i get my health store opened then i won't have to worry about their petty, neocon stuff =)

my best to them for their ignorance


Comment by K. Aprile on June 24, 2011 at 7:42pm

Thank you for sharing this !


Blessings to you, sir!  ;o)


K. Aprile


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