Smart Social Media Background Screening

Ferretly is a full-featured, cloud-based platform that incorporates advanced machine learning for text and image content analysis.  You can analyze up to 7 years of public posts from a candidate's Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and LinkedIn accounts along with news and web articles.

Fast, Accurate, Effortless

Ferretly is a one-of-a-kind social media background screening platform that makes running background checks on candidates and employees effortless.  Our machine learning algorithms analyze your subject's posts and images and can identify risks across 12 different categories.


Threat of Violence


Hate Speech


Obscene Language


Self Harm




Explicit/Violent Images

Ferretly Identifies the Following Risks

The following risk classifications (risk factors) are identified as part of the social media screening process.  When confidence levels reach a minimum threshold, Ferretly will flag the post based on the highest confidence risk factor.  Ferretly also will flag based on image content to include custom keywords you enter.

Toxic Language

A way of communicating that is considered to be rude, disrespectful, blaming, labelling or using guilt.

Drug-related Images

Images of pills, syringes, paraphernalia and alcohol

Explicit/Racy Images

Mostly explicit nudity, adult content, pornographic content

Violent Images

Images of disfigurations, open wounds, burns, crime scenes and guns/weapons


Flags posts based on matches (text or images) to custom keywords provided. Keywords can be designated negative, positive or neutral.

Hate Speech

Derogatory, abusive, and/or threatening statements toward a specific group of people typically on the basis of race, religion, or sexual orientation.

Insults and Bullying

Name-calling or derogatory statements toward an individual about their physical characteristics such as weight, height, looks, intelligence, etc.


Statements related to drugs and/or drug use including slang words, street names, and phrases.

Obscene Language

Profanity, cursing, swearing or in general crude or vulgar words and phrases

Political Speech

Statements considered relating to politics or governmental affairs. This could include politicians, policies, or the political process. These often focus on specific issues such as abortion, environmental, immigration, government, etc.


Indications of wanting to hurt oneself or take one’s own life intentionally

Threat of Violence

An intent to inflict harm or loss of another person’s life.

Easily Customizable

Configure your flag settings and enter custom keywords and phrases.  Ferretly will flag for both text and image content based on your settings. You can even tell Ferretly what to include on the reports.

Comprehensive Reports

The social media background reports are legal, comprehensive and insightful.  You can also customize it to fit your requirements including adding your own logo.


More Thorough Analysis

Ferretly takes social media screening to the next level. We analyze original posts, likes, comments, replies, reposts along with the images on each post.  We even extract and analyze the text from memes.


Ferretly gives the analyst the tools they need to quickly assess the candidate and their posts including intuitive navigation of the risk factors and sentiment.  Making corrections and redressing the data is quick and simple.

Image Content Analysis

Ferretly analyzes every image on every post even if there are multiple images per post.  Our image risk classifications include racy/explicit, violent (guns, knives, fighting, gore), and drug and alcohol related images. With Ferretly, you can even specify custom keywords and it will flag the post if the image contains related content.  

Continuous Screening 

With continuous screening, you can easily monitor what your employees are saying online.  Enable continuous monitoring for any number of subjects and choose your frequency such as daily, weekly, monthly, semi-annually or annually and let Ferretly do the rest.  You will receive email alerts if any new posts from your subjects are identified as potential risks.

Web and News Search

In addition to social media posts, Ferretly will search for any related news and web page articles that are relevant to your candidate.  These results are optional and can also be included in the background report.

Clear insight into the risks associated with your subject

We calculate an overall social media score by combining sentiment with machine learning to flag high-risk posts.  This approach provides uniformity for candidate comparisons.

Stay EEOC compliant with the ability to redact images

You can redact images in Ferretly that could possibly expose protected class information.  You have complete control of which images you want redacted and all changes will be reflected in the background report.

A legal and comprehensive 

report in minutes

Ferretly delivers a legally defensible report to your inbox in minutes.  The report provides all relevant information, including post insights and a listing of posts based on risk triggers.

Works seamlessly across all of your devices

Ferretly is fully responsive, so no matter what device you want to use Ferretly will work smoothly and intuitively.  It also supports all modern browsers.

Do you want to dispute a report?  Complete the dispute form here and follow the instructions for submitting.

Ferretly is the leading cloud platform for mitigating employment risk.  Our AI-Powered Social Media Screening platform identifies candidates and employees that have exhibit undeseriable behavior online.

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