Social media has certainly evolved and continues to do so with each new day. Social media in its infancy was not as widespread in the personal lives of people, let alone in the workplace. In the following years since its inception, social media has captured a significant amount of time of individuals in every aspect of their lives. However, with this advancement also comes possible conflict in how companies and departments within a university or college setting conduct background checks. Social media makes public profiles an easy click away and many potential job seekers may not see the problems that can be avoided. Similarly, employers must understand the legal and ethical dilemmas that may be encountered when searching online and using publicly available information without other credible sources.
Hazelton, Andrew S. and Terhorst, Ashley
"Legal and Ethical Considerations for Social Media Hiring Practices in the Workplace,"
The Hilltop Review: Vol. 7
, Article 7.
Available at: http://scholarworks.wmich.edu/hilltopreview/vol7/iss2/7