The Legalities of Screening Candidates’ Social Media

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According to a 2020 survey by The Harris Poll, 70% of employers believe that every company should screen candidates’ social-media accounts as part of the hiring process. There are many reasons why you would want to check the online footprint of a potential employee: How are they as a communicator? Do they exhibit poor judgment by posting inappropriate updates or photos (drug use, racism, sexism, etc.)? Have they trashed the reputation of a former employer? Have they shared confidential or proprietary information of a former employer?

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