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LinkedIn won’t tolerate ‘unlawful’ activities

LinkedIn won't tolerate escort services

All sorts of professionals use LinkedIn for networking purposes, but there is one type of self-promotion that is intolerable.

May 14, 2013 3:52 by



LinkedIn, following in the steps of other social networks, has recently decided to renovate its user agreement and privacy policy, to both ‘clarify and simplify’ the language for all users to understand. As it turns out, they did a little bit more than that.

Until Kipp actually read through the revamped post, sent out to its 200 million users, we hadn’t the faintest idea that ‘prostitution’ was a skill for which you can be endorsed on the professionals’ social network. In fact, what was considerably surprising is that LinkedIn deemed the problem significant enough to impose a blanket ban of such “unlawful activities” in writing.

In reality, this ban isn’t new. The professionals’ network has always forbidden the promotion of escort-related services. Only now, they’ve seen the need to slightly reword it and, in effect, cover up an obvious loophole. Previously, it simply stated that such ‘unlawful’ activities are banned, but as LinkedIn later realised, said ‘activities’ aren’t considered unlawful in all countries of the world.

Under a section in the user agreement, it specifically states that users should not undertake the following:

‘Upload, post, email, InMail, transmit or otherwise make available or initiate any content that: Even if it is legal where you are located, create profiles or provide content that promotes escort services or prostitution’.

Call us naive if you will, but who would have thought that the promotion of escort services – on what essentially is a business network – would turn into a growing epidemic?



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  1. Alex Malouf on May 15, 2013 3:32 pm

    And I thought massage cards were annoying. How about being befriended by a said individual with certain skills? Would make for an interesting profile update and discussion…

     

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