Arkansas Bill Would Allow Your Boss To Force You To Friend Him On Facebook

It’s time we stop letting Republicans call themselves the small government party. They love government, as long as it props up big business. That’s called fascism, by the way, and politicians’ latest foray into fascism is in the form of an Arkansas bill that would give employers access to your social media accounts.

The bill passed the Arkansas House with only one vote against, so yes, Arkansas Democrats are just as big government, but at least they don’t call themselves the small government party.

There is currently a ban on employers mandating that they have access to employees’ social media accounts and the bill would lift that ban:

The proposal, scheduled for a Senate labor committee hearing on Wednesday, would leave in place the earlier law’s other provisions, which ban employers from asking employees to change their privacy settings or provide their account passwords. But some employers would be exempt from even those prohibitions. Religious organizations and those that deal with the supervision of children — such as schools, day cares and summer camps — would be altogether excluded from the social media rules.

“What we’re trying to do is to just move that line back so that employers, if say an employee is making slanderous statements about their employer in social media, that the employer has the right to know that,” Rep. Nate Bell (R) said in an interview with a local television station two months ago.

Source: Washington Post

Despite the contention that the bill is for the children, children’s advocacy groups don’t like it one bit. Not only would employers have access to people’s status posts, they would have access to groups and pages that could out an employee as a victim of domestic violence. I suspect it could also out employees that might be hiding their sexual identity. It is still legal in Arkansas to discriminate against LGBT people.

Facebook even thinks the bill goes too far, saying that if a minor employee is forced to give adult employers access to their social media accounts, it could result in inappropriate contact.

The lone dissenter of the bill was 33-year-old Rep. Warwick Sabin, a Democrat. Watch Sabin in the future. He seems to be a solitary voice of progressivism in a very red state.

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