Employers who are conducting a hiring procedure may do social media screening on job applicants. Although the information acquired is still accessible to the public, these social media screening can disclose information that is more difficult to locate during conventional pre-employment screening. Employers should use caution when conducting some background checks, such as social media screening, as doing so without considering compliance, legality, or bias may result in taking legal action against a business.
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My personal social media: Can employers view it?
Nope! Social media screening is typically limited to information that is already available to the public. Demanding a candidate’s social media passwords may be against the law in several states and may even be against federal regulations. A few states have rules that forbid asking candidates for their social media handles or other contact details. However, this is already common procedure in some creative fields, such as marketing or content development, where a social media account serves as an unofficial portfolio of a creative’s work.
Even though I only use private social media, can I still lose my job?
Despite the fact that using personal social media may help to maintain boundaries between work and personal life, anyone who breaches their employer’s social media policy may still be fired! Keep in mind that nothing on the internet is completely private or removed. Screenshots can still go viral even while private posts can’t!
Can my political posts get me fired?
You have every right under the first amendment to share your political views on social media, whether in public or privately. But because a firm, not the government, is the target of first amendment rights, it is still legal for a business to base hiring decisions on political allegiance. Numerous people have lost their jobs just this summer for using hateful speech on social media.
How can I tell whether a potential employer will check my social media?
It is quite likely that they will conduct some sort of check in the procedure as over 80% of businesses now run some sort of social media check. In reality, a candidate’s social media activity has evolved into a type of unofficial authentication. Companies are less inclined to call an applicant in for an assessment if they cannot locate their social media presence, according to nearly 50% of employers.
Is monitoring social media even permitted?
Social media monitoring is permitted in several situations. Visit this article on the ethics of social media screening for more details.