How Do Companies View Private Facebook Profiles?

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N0tS0Smart
How Do Companies View Private Facebook Profiles?

I just had a fellow student get turned down from a job because of the content included in his Facebook profile. He claims that his profile is set to "private" but they apparently still saw whatever was on it. How do companies get access to these Facebook profiles? Does Facebook sell the rights to view them?

   

   

Almost Evil
Re: How Do Companies View Private Facebook Profiles?

 Even on private profiles, some things are still visible. Facebook does not sell private information to anyone. You friend could have been stretching the truth, or may not have his profile 'really' private.  The possibilities are endless.

"So, Lone Star, now you see that evil will always triumph because good is dumb. "

D G
Re: How Do Companies View Private Facebook Profiles?

Nothing is private on the internet.

A tagged photo of you by a friend on Facebook is so easily viewable by anyone.. or if you tagged someone their friends have access to your entire album depending on how you have your album privacy settings. It's not really a flaw.. more like a feature that can bite you in the @ss.

Facebook is pretty secure, but if you are job hunting, put all pics you dont want associated with you in a private album (or better yet delete them) and if a friend tags you in a photograph you don't want associated with you, REMOVE the tag.

 

 **EDIT: You can shut your Facebook to TOTAL Privacy mode if you have the Privacy --> Search --> setting to "Only Friends". You wont show up in any searches... but I don't like to totally hide like that. If I did, I wouldn't even want a page.

But that is an option if you want total privacy from everyone except those you choose to have access to your page. Just make sure all Privacy settings are also set to Only Friends or Only Me. 

 

 

 

 

Anonymous Visitor
Re: How Do Companies View Private Facebook Profiles?

Almost Evil wrote:

 Even on private profiles, some things are still visible. Facebook does not sell private information to anyone. You friend could have been stretching the truth, or may not have his profile 'really' private.  The possibilities are endless.

"So, Lone Star, now you see that evil will always triumph because good is dumb. "

Actually both MySpace and Facebook have been selling the rights for companies to view private profiles. In Facebook you actually have to go to your privacy settings and change a setting to No, which by default allows Facebook to use ANY of your photos for advertisements, a setting that they purposely make hard to find.

Both of these tactics are legal because the content is hosted on their hard drives, making it their property as long as its stored there.

katrina
Re: How Do Companies View Private Facebook Profiles?

I'm actually work in HR and for fun sometimes we see if one of our candidates has a Myspace or a Facebook we can look at. We are not the most tech savvy people either.

They probably found it by a simple google search.  At some point your students profile was not private and the things he has posted in the past are still viewable via google's cache search. 

 

A is for Apple
Re: How Do Companies View Private Facebook Profiles?

katrina wrote:

I'm actually work in HR and for fun sometimes we see if one of our candidates has a Myspace or a Facebook we can look at. We are not the most tech savvy people either.

They probably found it by a simple google search.  At some point your students profile was not private and the things he has posted in the past are still viewable via google's cache search. 

 

What exactly do you type in the google search to find their myspace or facebook? (other than their name obviously....or is that it & they're dumb enough to use their real names?)

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