Social Media Screening: A Friend or Foe?

Although the number of social medial users continues to rapidly grow, its use is having both a positive and negative impact on the international background screening industry. The digital footprint of an individual offers a wealth of information that can reveal a significant part of his or her character, a useful tool for those conducting pre-employment background checks. A social media background check software performs an analysis of each profile an applicant may have on social media channels, scouring online activity, and sensing behavior patterns that may be a risk to the organization. But doing so also presents various risks for the employer, as well. Employers should be mindful of Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) requirements and enforcement guidance put forth by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). The screener should also be aware of the potential for discrimination lawsuits if a candidate feels they were rejected on the basis of race, religion, sex or nationality.

 

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