Beis Rivkah High School fines girls $100 for having a Facebook account; plus, employers can demand your Facebook password

Having a Facebook account these days is turning out to be a hassle!

There’s a report of an all girls high school in Brooklyn, Beis Rivkah High School, fining students in the 11th grade $100 if they have a Facebook account! Girls were pulled out of class, and handed slips telling them they had to delete their Facebook accounts right away, AND pay $100. If they didn’t do both things, they would be expelled from school. The fine will be returned at the end of the school year.

Students, who are outraged about the demands in general, claim the school’s administration is being hypocritical because last year the school asked students to create Facebook accounts! That’s right, last year the school was participating in a Kohl’s charity giveaway on Facebook, and the students claim the administration asked the students to sign up for Facebook to vote. The administration says they only asked the students’ parents to create Facebook accounts, but according to their stance, even parents shouldn’t have Facebook accounts.

According to head administrator Rabbi Benzion Stock, it’s “an eternal ban. A ban from whenever it started. It’s not a modest thing for a Jewish girl — or man or woman or student or father to be on. There is a lack of privacy and dignity.”

In other weird Facebook news, it’s a growing practice for employers to ask for your FB username and password during the interview process, or afterwards. It’s already known that people should watch what they publicly post using social media and blogs, even to privacy-protected groups of friends, but this new practice would allow employers to check out even your most private messages! That’s basically like them asking to see all your personal emails.

Even Facebook feels this practice violates their privacy policy, but an amendment banning employers and potential employers from asking for your Facebook username and password was rejected by the U.S. House of Representatives last night. If you’re going in for an interview, maybe it’s best to go ahead and shut down your Facebook account so you don’t have to make that decision in the first place.

Employers aren’t allowed to demand your house keys so they can rifle through your personal belongings, or your personal email password so they can read every email you send. They can’t demand to see all your text messages on your personal phone, and while they usually check your credit score, they can’t demand to see your bank statements so they can scrutinize your every purchase.

Would you give an potential employer, or a current employer your Facebook password if it meant not getting the job, or even being fired if you declined? Do you think this practice is fair, or does it violate basic rights to privacy?

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  • amy

    Employers can ask for your password or to look but it would be a violation of the law because they are not allowed to ask you about your sexual preference, religious beliefs, etc and most people have this information on facebook. If any employer asks for this simply advise them that you politely refuse and if they persist you will contact the EEOC and ACLU. Also advise them that you agreed to not give access to your account to anyone and that they would not want their employees to give access to their business passwords out to anyone who wants to check out things. If they are comfortable asking you for access to your facebook ask for theirs as well.

  • LC

    It’s an invasion of privacy and uncalled for. It’s almost like their going to judge a book by it’s cover. Plus what happens if you never had a Facebook? What happens if you deleted your account long ago? When you tell them this, are they just gonna accuse you of lying, start an argument and won’t hire you even though your telling the truth? That’s what I’m afraid is going to happen.

  • Sweet Venom

    Wow…I hope I am not the only person that would be willing to say “F OFF” if my school demanded I shut down my Facebook, or if my employer asked for my password. It’s not that FB is all that important, but it’s the principal. People have a right to their privacy, people have a right to join a social networking site, and people have the right to keep their passwords private. If any employer demanded my password I would just walk out in protest. No job is worth that! I’m just the rebellious type though…but I hope you all feel the same way at least on some level.



  • Melanie

    Heck no. There’s no way I’d ever want to work for a company that would invade my privacy to such a degree. I’d tell them where they could put that position and get up and leave.

  • Blahblahblah

    If a company is insisting on invading your privacy in such a way, I’d question the company. Its most likely not a place you would want to work for. If they would be so forward as to ask for such a thing upon hiring, what would be demanded of you later on down the road? I for one don’t even buy this nonsense. There would have been bigger outrage than this if it was such a common practice.

  • Neacy

    I get the whole invasion of privacy thing to a point but employers already do credit and background checks so is checking facebook that out of the question, I have facebook and if someone really wants my info that bad I really don’t care I have nothing to hide… I think that’s the point they want to hire dignified people who show class and self respect in public situations and facebook is a quick glance at all of that for a person.

  • Punkin003

    There is absolutely NO WAY in hell I’d give a potential/current employer this information. Nor would I give ANYONE this information. It is definately an invasion of privacy and has NO BEARING on whether or not you are capable of doing a job. I’m not saying I have anything on my page to be embarressed about, but my account is marked private because I don’t want just any weirdo having access to my page. Therefore, a POTENTIAL employer is just about the same as a stranger to me and I would not want them having access to my page. What if THEY are the weirdo/stalker type? And then they don’t hire me? No thank you. I’d rather keep my sanity.

  • inside info

    This particular school is a Chassidiche school. The Rabbi of that school is a complete moron he told the students to get a facebook in the first place and to vote for their school to with Kohls competition on facebook. Interesting because the top schools to win money from Kohls were Jewish religious schools that separate girls and boys and also don’t allow any goyim aka non jews to learn, essentially going against the rules of the competition but Kohl’s didnt care because they didn’t want to look anti semetic.

    This was the same moronic Rabbi that told all the female students to get a facebook to vote and then he has the nerve to fine them, remove the facebook account, and to kick out a few of his student but not before collecting money from the gov for the students and collecting tuition. This is a typical day in Jewish seminary against a fake sect of Judaism.