Salt Lake City Apartment Complex Requires Residents To Like Their Facebook Page, Angers The Internet With Predictable Results

Don Crothers

A Salt Lake City apartment complex has instituted a rather odd new set of rules for tenants regarding Facebook; most notably, tenants must "Friend" their page or be in violation of their rental agreements.

According to a report from ABC News, residents came home late last week to find notices on their doors of a contractual add-on requiring them to "Friend" the City Park Apartments page on Facebook, or be found in violation. In addition, as KSL reports, the "Facebook Addendum" includes a release allowing City Park Apartments to post pictures of both tenants and their guests on Facebook, and that residents agree not to post anything negative about City Park Apartments anywhere online.

"Resident further agrees not to post on any public forum or page negative comments relating to the community."
"I don't want to be forced to be someone's friend and be threatened to break my lease because of that. It's outrageous as far as I'm concerned.

It's a violation of my privacy."

It's a violation of my privacy."

According to the hotel, guests "may not understand what we offer," and it is the paying party's responsibility to "explain it to them."

When it came to light, it prompted a wave of news reports, a Cracked article (featuring a list of companies that "went totally insane when criticized") and the internet's favorite response to, well, anything they don't approve of -- but in this case it has a particular irony. The company's Yelp page was flooded with thousands of negative reviews, and their reputation utterly trashed.

And, predictably, that same response has been brought upon the City Park Apartments Facebook page.

Among the various reviews, the owners are being called "Nazi's (sic)," "dictators," "sadistic and weird." Others are saying that "you just ruined your business."

And, perhaps most tellingly of all, some reviewers are actual tenants who had never felt compelled to leave a review before -- but they do now, and they're not happy.

"The biggest issue that I have with it is that it seems to be discriminatory against elderly individuals and disabled individuals who are unable to utilize an online presence such as Facebook."

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