Although the true extent of the problem is not clear, there have been media reports of employers using Facebook and other social media to gather information about applicants and employees, and even requiring applicants to provide passwords. Not surprisingly, these news reports have not been well received by the public, by politicians, or even by Facebook, which has announced that it will work to stop employers from requesting applicants' account information. The U.S. House of Representatives is considering the Social Networking Online Protection Act, which would prohibit employers from requiring applicants to disclose user names, passwords, or other access to non-public online content. A number of states are also taking steps to prohibit employers from accessing employees' social media sites. The governors of Maryland and Illinois have signed into law bills that prohibit employers from requesting social media passwords from applicants and employees. Many other states, including New York, California, New Jersey, and Washington, are considering similar legislation.