Identity Verified Thinker in Politics / Human Rights / Poverty
Dave S Morse
Dave S Morse
I've completed a Masters of Management in Public Administration at the University of Phoenix and am seeking to enter the field of social and/or environmental justice from the field of education. I am a strong social-justice advocate who has had letters to the editor published in the NY Times etc.


This Blog has no active categories.

Organizational Monitoring of Social-Media Web Sites, a Growing but Alarming Trend

Oct. 14, 2011 1:44 am
Categories: None

Organizational Monitoring of Social-Media Smacks of Big Brotherdom

Companies in increasing measure are monitoring their employees’ activities on social-networking sites. This growing trend is alarming and merits very serious concern.

Surveillance of Social-Media Web Sites Impinges on Freedom of Speech (Expression)

While it is true that people should use common sense in posting on social-media sites, it is also true that companies who monitor employees and job applicants are skating on very thin ice relative to violating people’s right to freedom of speech. If employees and job applicants have to couch every word they say on social-networking sites because of surveillance by companies then their freedom of speech, or expression, is being taken away from them.

Monitoring of Social-Media Sites Opens Doors to Litigation

Additionally, organizations that use social-networking web sites to screen out job applicants are treading on thin ice when it comes to disparate impact or even disparate treatment. If it is true that people who use social-networking sites are more commonly screened out than people who do not, companies are laying themselves wide open vis-à-vis potential litigation.

Monitoring of Social-Web Sites by Companies Smacks of Self-Serving Expediency

Moreover, using social-networking sites to monitor employees and to screen out job applicants smacks of self-serving expediency because companies which do so are not exercising due diligence in using a number of tools to measure job-applicant suitability for positions. In sum, what a person says on a social-networking site often has no bearing on their suitability or qualifications for a given position and companies could well be losing out by eliminating skilled well-matched people from consideration just because of their monocular monitoring of social-networking sites.

There are currently no comments. to Shut Down Permanently on December 31, 2017

If you want to save a copy of your content, you must do so before the website shuts down on December 31, 2017. We will NOT be able to provide any assistance after the website shuts down. We are available at only until the shutdown to provide more information and assistance.

It was a noble 10-year experiment, but it turns out that the writers with the best content are the least adept at the tech required to publish under our model, which in hindsight, makes perfect sense. If you are dedicating your life to becoming an expert in your specialty, you don’t have a lot of time left for figuring out publishing tech.

It hasn't helped that we have entered an age of unprecedented polarization and antagonism which doesn't foster demand for a website dedicated to the respectful engagement of diverse views.

Thank you, everyone!

Latest Thinking in Politics & Government
Latest Ebooks