Due to a recent ruling by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), social media searches are allowed to be included in the background screening process. This is a somewhat controversial decision, as no regulations are in place to guide employers and background screening companies. What parameters are screening companies going to use when reporting social media activity? What is reportable? What constitutes “non-reportable”?
The FTC recently ruled that postings made by job applicants on social media sites can be reported by background screening companies for up to seven years after the postings were made (this is consistent with the FCRA reporting period for most criminal records). Consumers must be mindful of what they’re currently posting on social media sites, but equally importantly, aware of what they have previously posted within the past seven years.
This article answers more questions about using online information and social media profiles during the hiring process.