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Checking Social Media accounts on job applicants

FLORIDA  --  Making sure what people are posting on social media, isn't keeping them out of a job.
That's the goal of a new bill filed in Florida.
   
If it is approved the bill would make it illegal for an employer to demand passwords and usernames to social media.

The bill would still allow employers to search for a potential employee, it just wouldn't give them access to the entire account.

"It makes good sense to me. There's good reasons for an employer or a prospective employer to do background checks and things of that nature, but we need to draw the line when it comes to privacy of your social media accounts."

If the bill is passed employees whose privacy was violated would be entitled to five-hundred-dollars or more.

Social media experts say the best way to protect privacy is to check your account setting and enable only people you approve to view your social media posts.