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Employers require social media background checks. So should the first amendment be abolished to better suit the labor force?

Asked by: ilovejews7
  • The first amendment is like testing positive for marijuana during an employment drug screening.

    I think the first amendment should be abolished or modified to better suit the modem workforce. Employers are screening facebooks and conducting new tests, such as the snow flake test, to weed out potential employees. So due to corporations significant political power in the form of lobbyists, I believe that the american workforce should conform to the whims of the private sector. Therefore, i believe that the first amendment is significantly outdated, as well as a thorn to the side of ambitious employees.

  • No, because the first amendment is a necessity

    The first amendment protects the individual as well as the corporation, if we just abolish the first amendment then the corporations could do whatever they please in order to get their way. One wouldn't even be able to say how much they hate the company they work for without either being fired or some other severe repercussion happening to them.

  • Not sure what a social media background check is, but...

    Is this really a violation of the first amendment? Is the idea of this that any social media presence you have needs to be opened up to your employer?

    If not, then this is not a first amendment violation. It is more like, if your employer saw you on the street doing questionable things, would they have to ignore that in the hiring process, or would they be able to take that information they have of you from the public sphere and decide you aren't right for their company?

    No one is obligated to hire you. Not hiring you is not a violation of your free speech. Even telling you that you can't wear religious memorabilia at work is not a violation of your free speech. It is work constraints, not constraints to your private life.

    Either way, the first amendment is far more important than an employer's desire to pick through your personal life.

  • The First amendment is integral to society

    The first amendment states: Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances. The first amendment protects free speech, Religious liberty, freedom of the press, and the right to protest. Abolishing the first amendment would force the U.S. into an authoritarian regime where the government has complete power to censor any speech that falls outside their narrative, to prevent people from practicing religion (or force them to) and to outlaw protesting.


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