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LinkedIn Removed Nearly 37 Million Fake Accounts and 80 Million Spam/Scam Posts in the First Half of 2020


LinkedIn published its transparency report for the first half of 2020.

Recently, the professional platform shared its Transparency Report to boast that it prevents an effort of creating a large number of fake accounts.

This report describes that in the first six months of 2020 the automated defense system of LinkedIn blocked all the fake accounts about 98.4%. As per the report, a large number of fake account registrations were received during the initial months of 2020. An attempt of creating such a huge amount of fake accounts has already been thwarted.

In a recent blog post, Rob Hallman, product and privacy Vice President revealed that the defensive tool removed 98% of spam and junk accounts from LinkedIn. These fake accounts were taken down before any regular user came across them. They managed to remove 33M+ accounts.

When it comes to content related to spam and scam category LinkedIn says it detected and removed around 80 million such posts.

These scam accounts were imposing a challenge for LinkedIn as at that time the usage of this network is common. But the automated defense tool prevents this attempt and brought down all these accounts before they became a source of causing potential harm to any of the user.

Along with fake accounts, another threat during the first half of 2020 was the rise of adult and inappropriate content. But with advanced technology, LinkedIn successfully cleaned itself from such dirt. The professional platform also excluded more hateful speech, abuse, offensive content, and inappropriate content in the first six months of 2020 than in the second half of 2019. About which Hallman attributed that on LinkedIn there is a massive increase in the number of conversations. These conversations made the environment of this platform unsuitable for the users.

LinkedIn Transparency Report also mentions that the platform received multiple requests about this information during that time period. About 599 requests were from the government in which (377) of them were reported from the U.S. Besides this, some asked to remove filthy content. There are 21 government requests related to this case among which 18 came from China.

LinkedIn accepted these requests and after examining them, took down all the content that was reported. Members involved in reporting content also played a role in making this platform scam-free. Both of these measures are big steps towards creating a safe and stable environment on the platform. Cybercrime and abuse are common in real as well as reel world. Nobody is fully protected from them. These crimes are getting more and more popular in the social world. But, at least, there are platforms like LinkedIn attempting to handle this problem as much as possible.

At last, LinkedIn took down 22,846 content that provided misinformation and added them into a new category of misinformation to its Transparency Report.



This post was written by Arooj Ahmed and was first posted to Digital Information World



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