Criminal Background Checks No Longer Enough; New HR Service Legally Analyzes Candidates Social Media Profiles

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Social Intelligence Releases $10 Social Media Background Screening Solution for Enterprise and Marketplace Businesses

Example of how companies can get ahead of workplace hostility issues or a bad PR crisis, by analyzing business related content

“Facebook's transparency report found only 38% of all hate speech ID’d on their platform was caught by AI, so applying a tech-only approach is a mistake. We find ways to draw actionable conclusions in real time without invading someone’s personal life” - Bianca Lager, President, Social Intelligence

Social Intelligence, the leading provider of social media background screening, today released it’s newest offering: The Social Media Hiring Report™. The report is a technology driven low-cost service that allows employers to get a full social media screening of any candidate, within 24 hours, for $10. The report looks at discriminatory, violent, sexually explicit, and potentially illegal content.

The Social Media Hiring Report™ helps to eliminate hiring bias by delivering a scalable way to consider code of conduct issues without applying judgment to non-work related content. By limiting the scope of the search to the sites where most problematic content is found, the Social Media Hiring Report drastically reduces the risk of negligent hiring, harassment claims and insider threats without the cost of an exhaustive online search.

“Everyone wants to be cautious when applying social media to a hiring decision and that’s definitely the right attitude,” says Bianca Lager, President of Social Intelligence. “This year, Facebook’s transparency report noted that only 38% of all hate speech identified on their platform was caught by AI, so applying a technology-only approach to social media and hiring is a mistake. What we are doing at Social Intelligence is finding concise ways to draw actionable conclusions in real time without invading someone’s personal life.”

The Social Media Hiring Report™ takes a compliant and ethical approach where hiring and social media intersect by working with FCRA-trained analysts who can identify wholly human patterns like parody, sarcasm, or innuendo in flagged content. They’ve married content and context so that nothing is misinterpreted or falsely attributed to an employment candidate.

How it works:

  • Employers send Social Intelligence the most common information found on a resume. Their analysts vet candidate profiles and identify “flagged” content based on a set of business related criteria.
  • Within 24 hours, employers will receive a fully detailed FCRA and EEOC compliant report viewable within a custom client dashboard or downloadable as a PDF. As with all employment background checks, candidate consent is required before a report can be processed and all action taken on reports need to comply with adverse action procedures.
  • Social Intelligence offers a robust client success program which provides tools for organizations new to social media background checks so that they can adopt a successful program and benchmark their decisions within industry standards.

“As an energy company, it is in our best interest to conduct the most robust background checks possible on our candidates,” said Pilar Brady, Talent Acquisition Manager at Buckeye Partners, L.P. “Social Intelligence helps us do so in a formalized and compliant way. The reports we receive are very thorough and the turnaround time is quick. Best of all, the information that Social Intelligence finds on our candidates is presented to us in a way that is concise, relevant, and extremely useful."

About Social Intelligence:
Social Intelligence specializes in employment background screenings. Since 2010, Social Intelligence has used behavioral data from social media to reduce company risk and protect candidate privacy. As the only social media background company reviewed by the Federal Trade Commission, Social Intelligence's hiring products help companies scale their background screening processes while staying compliant and reviewing behavioral data in real time. The Social Media Hiring Report™ is available to all U.S.-based businesses.

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