Are You Lying? LinkedIn Set To Screen Resumes For Accuracy

April 23, 2015  |  

For many, LinkedIn is the place where you see your ex-boyfriend achieving goals he wished he accomplished in real life. Or where you learn that a family member has magically gotten a Master’s Degree though they never made it to the program’s first day of class. LinkedIn will have no more of the lies.

LinkedIn has acquired a patent that will help them fact check what users claim on their pages. The “Interactive Fact Checking System” was invented in 2013 by Lucas Myslinski. It allows interactive services to automatically monitor, process and examine the veracity of information. It is similar to Facebook’s system that flags hoax or false stories. With the Interactive Fact Checking System, any information a user claims will be screened to see if an employee actually worked at a particular company or earned certain accolades.

Although the depth of the program’s employment/award search is not verifiable, knowing that it’s there may prompt LinkedIn users to be more truthful about their education and career journey.

Have you inflated your personal or LinkedIn resume in order to seem more appealing to employers?

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