Employers requiring social media background checks

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Posted: Jul 22, 2011 4:53 AM
Updated: Jul 22, 2011 4:53 AM
Source: ABC

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Topics: social media, internet, job search, background, FTC

The New York Times says some companies are now requiring job candidates to pass a social media background check before being hired.

Social intelligence searches the Internet for everything potential employees have said or done online over the past seven years.

The Federal Trade Commission has determined this practice is in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act, but privacy advocates worry it invites employers to look at information not relevant to job performance.

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