A bill that would allow employers to require employees to friend them on Facebook and other social networks is getting national attention.
The bill passed the Arkansas House in February, but didn't get past a Senate committee on Wednesday.
However, the bill isn't dead yet. The bill's sponsor can bring the bill back up in the senate committee.
While some think the "forced friendship" is a good idea, and others believe it's a privacy issue, those we spoke with on Wednesday all agree on one thing.
"I just don't think it's anybody's business," said Russellville resident, Amanda Trent.
"I would unsubscribe!" said Tom McLaughlin III.
"No way!" said Tom McLaughlin.
That's the reaction most people had when we asked them how they would feel about being forced to be friends with their employer on social media sites like Facebook.
"You should be able to invite whoever you want, be friends with whoever you want," said Trent.
"It's just like doing a credit check. I mean, some people have financial problems [and] just because they screwed up doesn't mean they are dishonest," said McLaughlin.
Emily Reeves, Director of Digital at Stone Ward in Little Rock, believes a forced online friendship could cross a line.
"It feels like spying. It feels like people are spying on you," said Reeves.
As an avid user of social media sites, both on a personal and professional level, Reeves believes using the platforms to learn more about an employee isn't the answer.
"If you have to force someone to be your friend, then you are essentially telling them that you need to filter and monitor what information you put on there and what information they choose to share with you," said Reeves.
Reeves believes if people are eventually forced to friend their boss online, many users will choose to log out instead.
"If you're being watched and monitored and feel like you can't be yourself and can't say and share what you want to be able to say and share, you're just going to be abandon the platform," said Reeves.
In a statement, Facebook said the company opposed the measure, saying users shouldn't be forced to friend their employers.
As mentioned earlier in the article, there is a chance the bill could come back up.
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