A Question for Lawyers in the Audience (Social Media and Employees)
Ok, so does anyone have any legal insight into the question of whether an employer can ban its employees from connecting with one another via social media (e.g., Facebook)?
I can understand policies aimed at forbidding commentary about the workplace, but what about just stating that employees cannot, say, “Friend” other employees on Facebook?
And to be clear: this question has nothing to do with my employer, but is something that came up in a conversation and I am curious if anyone has any experience of knowledge with this.
My gut reaction is that such a policy would be an inappropriate extension of work policies into the private lives of the employees, but I am unsure of the legal implications.
An employer cannot (I would think) stop two employees from speaking (or being real friends) outside of work, so why would they be able to stop them from being virtual friends?