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July 26, 2023

Exploring the Ethical Implications of HR’s Social Media Screening Practices

With the rise of social media, employers now frequently check job applicants’ profiles. While useful, this practice raises ethical questions on privacy, discrimination, and free speech. This blog post explores HR’s social media screening and offers guidance on navigating these complex issues. The Privacy Debate The first and the most obvious concern raised by social media screening is the question of privacy. When employers are looking at social media profiles, they are accessing a public forum. However, that doesn’t mean it is entirely ethical to use information discovered in personal profiles (that is protected) as the basis for employment decisions. Companies should consider the potential risks of reviewing social media while balancing the need to know about an applicant’s work ethics. Striking a balance between a public and private life […]