Should you be able to have comments you made on a public website removed, Paul Brannan asks on the shiny new BBC Editors' blog.

"What should we do when a reader asks for the removal from the site of something he or she had said several years ago?" Brennan wrote.

"People's views, after all, can change, and the positions one takes as a young person are not always the same after a few years. With a trend for employers to 'Google' prospective employees, those comments could be potentially damaging to future job prospects."

The New York Times reported recently that people were being rejected for jobs based on their profiles on social-networking sites such as Facebook and MySpace.

Brannan comes down on the side of people living by the consequences of their actions. What do you think?

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