Arkansas House OKs Bill To Soften Social Media Protections

Feb 23, 2015

The Arkansas House has passed a bill to soften social media protections for employees in the state.

In a 91-1 vote on Monday, the House exempted schools, daycares, summer camps, churches and religious-oriented employers from the state's social media rules.

The law adopted in 2013 protects current and prospective employees from having to disclose their social media username and password or change their privacy settings.

Another change endorsed by the House would remove a ban on businesses forcing employees to "friend" another employee or a supervisor.

Supporters of the bill say the law is too restrictive and that employers need access to employees' social media.

The bill now heads to the Senate.