The Dangers of Using Social Media Data In Hiring

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The following column originally appeared in RBR.com on June 6, 2011. We are pleased to share it once again, as EEO issues continue to make headlines and attract the attention of media industry C-Suite executives.


By John Garziglia

[In early 2011] I warned broadcasters that the FCC was not the only Washington regulatory agency that had to be on your radar.

At that time, I was talking about the Federal Trade Commission.  My last article warned about developments at the NLRB relating to social media, and its attention to employee rights to comment on employers.

Given the widespread, now critically important use of social media by broadcasters, that case was a warning.

Now comes another employment related matter involving social media from another Washington agency, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (the EEOC).  In addition to potential jeopardy before the EEOC, this one has also implications for serious FCC issues.

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