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Are Social Media Background Checks Legal?

Those conducting background checks often wonder if using social media during the process is legal. While social media background checks are legal, they also come with a list of policies that make it almost impossible for companies to do it themselves without breaking the law. Checking social media accounts can make employers aware of demonstrations of racism or violence, potentially violent or illegal activity, and sexually explicit material. But first, awareness of these types of things can help combat insider threats and protect the company’s brand. Business owners should familiarize themselves with federal and state laws, as well as hiring discrimination, as outlined by the EEOC.

 

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