A few legal risks exist when human resources uses social media in a hiring decision, in addition to significant advantages.
Social media certainly changed how companies do business. More human resources departments use social media platforms for recruitment, employee engagement, training, internal communications, knowledge sharing and so on.
Recruitment, hiring and human resources providers (including startups like Ovation Technologies that provide pre-employment background checks) often use social media in the process of finding, hiring and onboarding new employees.
With the bigger presence of these tools, certain legal considerations exist. Due diligence is necessary when using social media to decide to hire and/or fire.