Lenders look to social media for credit decisions

Upstart lenders have started combing social media sites as they vet borrowers. You’ll be suprised what they’re looking for.

It’s already well known that Facebook and other social media networks harvest user data and sell it to companies that use that info to peddle their products to consumers. But some lenders have begun to find a new use for this information, scrutinizing Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn data to determine the credit-worthiness of loan applicants. It’s an unprecedented practice that consumer advocates say can be unfair or discriminatory—and one that is poised to only become more prevalent in the years ahead.

Read more at Mother Jones

Lenders look to social media for credit decisions

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