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How to avoid issues when viewing applicants’ social media

It’s best to have HR or outside firm scan Facebook, Twitter and other posts so they can filter out information not germane to hiring

March 15, 2019
By William Ehart


Social media is useful in recruiting and assessing job candidates, but there are important legal considerations.

“The potential benefit of doing a social media search is that you may find a racist rant on Facebook,” said Jonathan Segal, a partner in the employment practice at law firm Duane Morris in Philadelphia. “Better not to hire them than to have to fire them.