As of Sunday, employers or potential employers in the state of Washington can no longer demand passwords to Facebook and other social media sites from employees or applicants, as a bill the state passed in May went into effect, MyNorthwest.com reported.
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee signed a bill Tuesday that bans employers from demanding that employees or job candidates surrender their passwords to Facebook, Twitter, and other social networks, as well as from requiring employees to add managers as friends or contacts, AP reported.
Facebook is increasingly becoming a player in Washington, D.C., and not just because of social media’s influence on politics. MarketWatch reported Wednesday that Facebook spent $1.4 million on lobbying in the fiscal fourth quarter — a 314 percent increase from what it sent to politicians during the same time period in 2011.
Facebook pages love polls. You can vote for which slugger will win the Major League Baseball Home Run Derby, or say whether or not you expect to get lucky on Valentine’s Day. Could the day be far off when you can vote for a president through Facebook? Washington state may have taken the first step, as the government will soon allow Evergreen State residents to register to vote in this year’s election.
Facebook is adding lots of new friends in Washington, D.C., if the company’s fourth quarter lobbying report is any indication.
Three days before Veterans Day, Facebook is already honoring the holiday with a livestreamed event announcing three new ways that the military and their families can best use the social channel to connect and communicate during long deployments.
Facebook is supplementing its strong internal staff of lobbyists with three outside lobbying firms that rarely use social media sites.
Occupy Wall Street was the first question asked about in Washington Congressman Jim McDermott’s first Facebook town hall this week with 150 of his constituents.
Vive La France! If you can’t make it to Paris for the annual July 14 festivities, Facebook is a good guide to celebrations around the country.
Facebook has signed a lease in downtown Washington D.C. to occupy an 8,600 square foot office. This new space can potentially hold 30 to 40 people.