Social Media Screening FAQs

Find below a selection of FAQs we face relating to Social Media Screening, our investigative platform and our Employment Screening Reports.

What’s included in social media screening?

We present results that include one of the following risk indicators:

  • Extreme views / opinions
  • Hate and discriminatory behaviour
  • Illegal activities
  • Inappropriate / undesirable content
  • Potential addiction or substance abuse
  • Sexually explicit content
  • Violent content
  • Other

Do you review positive behaviour as well?

Absolutely. We are delighted when we can confirm the suitability of a candidate for our clients and the report includes positive indicators such as charitable work and volunteering.

How long do social media background checks take?

We can turnaround social media reports in 48 hours.

What is the minimum amount of information you need?

For social media screening, we only require the typical information you would find on a candidate’s CV. A full name, personal email, mobile phone number and some employment history.

Are social media background checks GDPR compliant?

Yes. All our checks are GDPR compliant.

Is the depth of report “reasonable” as required by the Regulations?

Yes. The FCA, for instance, expect any information in the public domain to be known by the employer. A lack of knowledge would be hard to defend.

While I need to manage risk/comply with SMCR/improve cultural fit, I don’t want to be intrusive…

We do not report on protected characteristics or have a bias in our process. However, it is extraordinary how much publicly available information we can uncover to give you a full picture. 

Can’t I just conduct these checks myself?

When conducting social media background checks in-house, you expose yourself to claims of bias because you cannot “unsee” any protected characteristic information. Using an independent expert third party is more consistent, faster and compliant.

Can you work in multiple languages?

Yes, we are able to process data in over 200 languages.

If your question hasn’t been answered here, then we would love to hear from you. Contact us directly, or schedule a call below.