Arkansas lawmakers eye change to social-media law

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Arkansas lawmakers are considering a change to the law that bans employers from requiring access to an employee's social media accounts.

The law passed in 2013 says an employer should not "require, request, suggest or cause" an employee or possible employee from adding a supervisor or administrator to the list of contacts associated with social media accounts like Facebook or Twitter.

But the Arkansas Department of Labor asked lawmakers Wednesday to clarify the law so purely voluntary friend requests between a boss and employee aren't outlawed.

According to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette , department general counsel Denise Oxley says Facebook asked for clarification after the law was passed.

The proposal would also replace the criminal penalty for employers who violated the provision with a civil penalty, such as a fine.

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