Updating Facebook Privacy Settings: Why Employees May Need a Reminder

By Eric B. Meyer

A website called WeKnowWhatYoureDoing.com, which describes itself as a “social networking privacy experiment,” has begun compiling publicly available Facebook status updates from your employees, which fall into one of four basic categories:

  • Who wants to get fired?”
  • Who’s hungover?”
  • Who’s taking drugs?”
  • “Who’s got a new phone number?”

Educating employees on social media settings

Although the content may be crude, the site’s mission is noble — to educate social networkers about Facebook privacy controls. It says:

Just make sure your Facebook privacy settings are sufficient, for example don’t publish status updates containing potentially risky material as ‘Public’…The problem is how people simply don’t understand the risks of sharing everything.”

Thus, without even realizing it, your employees may be broadcasting their hatred of you or their affinity for puffing the magic dragon, neither of which bodes well for your company.

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Use this blog post as a reminder to mention in your social media policies and training sessions that social networking sites like Facebook have privacy settings. And while these settings may change from time-to-time, getting your employees keyed in to the idea of setting privacy controls is a good first step.

This was originally published on Eric B. Meyer’s blog, The Employer Handbook..

You know that scientist in the action movie who has all the right answers if only the government would just pay attention? Eric B. Meyer, Esq. gets companies HR-compliant before the action sequence. Serving clients nationwide, Eric is a Partner at FisherBroyles, LLP, which is the largest full-service, cloud-based law firm in the world, with approximately 210 attorneys in 21 offices nationwide. Eric is also a volunteer EEOC mediator, a paid private mediator, and publisher of The Employer Handbook (www.TheEmployerHandbook.com), which is pretty much the best employment law blog ever. That, and he's been quoted in the British tabloids. #Bucketlist.

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