In a post earlier this month, the LinkedIn Corporate Communications Team posted an update on their efforts to keep the LinkedIn platform a safe place to be. The article is reproduced in part below.
Their efforts in this area are to be applauded and are a reminder that we all need to keep security in mind when we develop or expand our own internet platforms. This is especially so if we store sensitive personal data, as data breaches will trigger potential liabilities under the GDPR.
In their post LinkedIn’s Paul Rockwell, Head of Trust and Safety, said:
When our 610 million members use LinkedIn to find jobs, make connections and learn new skills, they expect and deserve a safe and trusted community where they can express themselves professionally. Being a target of abuse online is painful and it has no place on LinkedIn.
In the past, I’ve written about how members can stay safe including what we’re doing to remove fake profiles and how we remove nation-state activity from LinkedIn. We continue to make progress in these areas and have a number of new ways that we’re identifying offensive content through human and tech intervention, combined with reporting by our members. Specifically, there are some new and helpful features and investments we’ve made including:
- The ability to report something as promoting terrorism or extremely violent. We hope that you don’t encounter this content, but if you do, please report it immediately. You can see this within the reporting experience, by clicking on the three dots at the top right of any post, comment or message.
- Updates to our Help and Safety Centres includes online safety tips and how to identify abusive behaviour.
- New technology is helping us detect fake profiles. In the first quarter of 2019, we were able to identify thousands of fake profiles, and we continue strengthening our detection backbone, and removing these profiles on behalf of our members.
The full article can be viewed at https://news.linkedin.com/2019/January/what-our-team-is-doing-to-keep-linkedin-safe