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Petitioning Hani Durzy

LinkedIn: Protect your users from stalkers and help keep victims safe

Every day, LinkedIn members are being stalked and threatened. Without a blocking feature, like ones available on other social media sites, these stalkers are able to see where their "prey" works, in which city they work, when they change jobs, when they move, etc. When being stalked and living in fear, it is easy to see how scary this situation can be. Adding a blocking feature is important for the millions of LinkedIn users around the world who are being stalked yet have no control to stop it.  Having written to LinkedIn customer service about blocking a user, I was told I was only able to block a member if that member is prohibited from having a LinkedIn account by virtue of a court order. This is ludicrous and to the extreme. We know from other social media outlets how easy it is to enable this feature. Why LinkedIn is so against keeping their users safe, I don't know. Users on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and other sites can easily block other users. LinkedIn appears to be an outlier among other top social media sites. One may argue we can delete our profile or slightly change our name. I argue why should we have to sacrifice our networking opportunities for something that is neither our fault or something we are powerless against? Although I care about this issue for the good of all LinkedIn users, this issue is a personal one as well. I once was a victim of a sexual assult in the workplace. Being young, it was quite a traumatizing experience for me.  Because of this incident, I was forced to leave my position and I never looked back, hoping to leave it behind me for good. Unfortunately, the story was only just beginning. It was the start of a stalking -- something I could have never prepared myself for. E-mails, voicemails; some threatening, some flirty, day after day. I quickly found I could ignore emails, delete voicemails, block Facebook, use privacy settings on Twitter -- yet EVERYDAY I was being looked at on LinkedIn. It really started hitting close to home when he started researching my new connections to see where they where located; if they were in a different area in which I worked for him, he would e-mail me to see if I moved and what I was doing. Little things like that started getting me really scared. LinkedIn, please listen. I know I'm not the only one. There are millions of stories out there; I'm sure many worse than mine -- victims of domestic violence, for example. If it's happening to me, it could happen to anybody. You could be losing many potential users because you don't have this feature. I've read users' comments saying when another social network similiar to LinkedIn becomes available, they would switch simply because of this blocking feature issue. Listen to your users. Listen to what they are saying. Listen to their stories. Take action. This feature can save lives. This feature will ease millions of fears. This feature will allow users to freely display information free of worry.

Anna R.
9,269 supporters
Petitioning Facebook

Add Sign Language options on Ad Manager for Facebook, Twitter and other social media sites

Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIN, YouTube and other social media sites are very popular with the Deaf and signing community. We are usually early adopters of anything that makes it easier to communicate. For those of us who want to share a message with that community or set up ads targeting signers only (keeping ad budgets affordable), we cannot select sign language as an option on the language settings.  Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIN, Google, et al - please add "American Sign Language" to your language options! Better yet, add all the major sign languages used around the world!It is recognized and taught as a foreign language in thousands of schools and colleges all over the USA. 

2,822 supporters
Petitioning Facebook, Twitter, Inc, LinkedIn


MOCHA USON BLOG! Mocha expressed what entirely happening in the philippines right now, and anyone has the right to share their opinion and belief. Mocha never violate nor mislead the public in whatsoever blog she is putting on her account. Nevertheless I myself agree to that. You can check either my account as well that I'm not being biased to anyone who posted everyday on facebook like News majority not jumping to conclusion and watch it on my own and so some of my own research. Let's just be fair... All of us has the right to expression our own opinion in the world and no one have the right to demand to suspend nor block someone blog because it says the truth and nothing but the truth. Mr. Paul Quilet requested to suspend Ms. Mocha blog due to what reason because she is telling the whole truth only and Mr. Paul is the opposite of it and we all Filipino people know what your group are up to right now that's why you want us to be quite. I think it's way of your coward towards the issue now in our society. I never see any report of Mocha which she is being biased to the Philippine Administration or to anyone.  I myself can prove that. I'm only into silent type of Pres. Duterte supporters, and i must say now is the right time for me to express myself as well if my fellow Filipino citizens is threatening one of my fellow citizen also because she/he is telling the truth. According to Martin Luther king Jr. "I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality... I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word. "  Mr. Quilet raise a petition and I'm raising this to object on that petition.  KEEP MOCHA BLOG ACTIVE....    

Jhonny Cylsse Arol
1,535 supporters
Petitioning LinkedIn

LinkedIn must immediately take action, close fake accounts, stop anonymous browsing, prevent harassment and enforce strict penalties on violations.

If LinkedIn acts to form reasonable protections for its members they will increase member's safety worldwide.  Is this issue important to LinkedIn? With so many loopholes that enable predators and make victims more vulnerable the answer appears to be no.  The consequences of fake accounts harm LinkedIn and its members.  LinkedIn's solution was to allow members to block up to 50 accounts.  This has not abated problems. LinkedIn can not prevent every single fake account from being formed on its platform but it must do much more. LinkedIn must end anonymous browsing in its current form and allow members choices, like the option, "Block all anonymous browsing."  For example a premium subscription add on that allows members the freedom to select what type of searches can be performed on their profiles would dramatically help members who are victims of stalkers.  The add on premium blocking selections could vary from anyone searching your profile, to only your network, to verified recruiters, to no one private or semi-private.  A new premium tool, even if it is fee based, would be a good faith effort to make a reasonable solution to a growing problem. The blocking add on would likely result in curtailing fraud, impersonation and stalking.  Moreover this could be measured and quantifiable through the year over year data of recorded complaints for trolling and stalking.    LinkedIn's success is actually part of the problem. With incredible growth comes higher levels of danger.  When this petition was first created LinkedIn was 259+ million member platform, it is now a 414+ million member platform.  The number 1 non-violent crime is identity theft.  414 million is a treasure trove of temptations for criminals.  This petition is not seeking the elimination of every single fake account.  Nevertheless LinkedIn is not aggressive enough in deterring fake accounts, and finding existing ones to shut down.  LinkedIn needs to do much more to locate and eliminate existing fake accounts thus stopping a means for a predator to use LinkedIn for nefarious purposes.  LinkedIn must allow members the choice to block searches of their profiles from private (anonymous) and semi-private viewing.  Members have the ability to make their own profile private however a fake account need only to be a 2nd connection and will still be able to view your profile regardless if it is private or public.  Let's remember if you need to make your profile private it means you are letting the stalker win as those looking to potentially hire you may not find your profile.   See the link to the article below about a NJ woman who made a fake Facebook profile.  That the act alone could be illegal as a form of impersonation. Fake accounts have gotten out of hand.  LinkedIn filed suit against 1000's of fake accounts in an effort to attain the fake account holder’s true identity. LinkedIn’s policies towards stopping fake accounts are not strong enough nor proactive enough or they would not have filed a lawsuit complaining about 1000’s of fake accounts created by bots on their own platform.  The suit stand as an admission of LinkedIn’s failure with our safety as 1000's of fake accounts should have been prevented from being created.  A blocking feature of anonymous (private) profile searches would act as a deterrent to stalking, trolling and fake accounts. There is a need a for LinkedIn to at least offer this feature and allow members the right to choose.  Don't you deserve the right to choose?  Apple has made a stance for individual's privacy why can't LinkedIn stand for our right to choose?  Nearly all other social media platforms offer expanded blocking.  Why is it that LinkedIn does not care about such an important issue? In the suit LinkedIn filed it indicated that it was harmed by fake accounts through the act of trespass (on page 15 of the complaint, Count 5, Case No. CV 14-0068 filed in U.S. District Court, Northern District of California (San Francisco)).  If this allegation is true every member that had a fake or anonymous account view their profile has been trespassed against. LinkedIn claims in their complaint that through these trespasses it has suffered irreparable harm.  That sounds very serious. If this is true then the same has occurred for millions of other LinkedIn members on its platform.   Even if the new blocking feature was a paid option, how can LinkedIn deny the blocking of anonymous viewing?  Can LI demonstrate that there has never been an instance when anonymous viewing caused harm to a member?  Never!  LI's market cap is $15 billion with around $3 billion in cash on hand.  LI should have dedicated teams working around the clock to shut down fake accounts and stalking issues. The cost benefit analysis is clear, investing in the protection of its members and platform vs doing nothing and witness the erosion of member's trust and the loss of LI's platform integrity. Can LI afford to lose your trust?  LI's most valuable asset is its platform.  Why doesn't LI identify the number of fake accounts it closes.   The explosion of fake accounts on the LI platform demonstrates a lack of due diligence in the verification process when a LinkedIn account is created.  All new accounts should require a verified email, phone number and credit card even for a free account.  If no credit card exist a viable secondary option should be available like providing a driver's license number or refundable PayPal account payment of $1. We can all do something about fake accounts today!  If you see an account that is fake you have the ability to report it on LinkedIn.  LinkedIn will close accounts from these reports. LinkedIn must take massive action now.  Many individuals enjoy LinkedIn and find it helpful in their lives and have landed amazing jobs using LI.  It has value that transcends the power of the resume and is what makes LI a great tool. At the same time a dark cloud is hovering over the platform through a rising number of bad apples trolling LI. Bolstered detection systems, to deter, prevent and eliminate fake accounts must be implemented. Is it fair for that the majority of fake account closings to come from member's complaints?  Is it fair that members do more to locate and alert LinkedIn of active fake accounts then LinkedIn does on its own? LI should create a Committee of experienced LI members solely to make suggestions and report on safety solutions that could enhance and protect its member's experience.  LinkedIn has a great product unlike anything else out there.  Fake accounts and anonymous browsing are on the rise and stand to stifle LI's growth and progress. It's time we all take back control of our LI profile and platform, please sign and share the petition on all your social media feed.  Please let as many people as possible know of the changes we are trying to bring about.  Together we can make a difference and change things for the better!!!  Carpe Diem

Coalition Against Fake Accounts and Anonymous Searching (CAFAAS)
503 supporters
Petitioning LinkedIn


Every Day helpless endangered animals are being murdered for trophies and pictures. There is a genocide happening against beautiful life. They didn't ask to die for fun and to be paraded around as trophied lifeless bodies shown on images as victims of murder. I ask LinkedIn to remove and restrict such images from being posted and to ban members who continue to post such atrocities for promoting such activity. The majority of these activities are illegal, inhumane. We have enough evil taking place in the world, so let's speak up for these animals who are unable to advocate for themselves and their rights. Please sign this petition to give animals a voice and it would be very much appreciated if PETA will also support this cause. LinkedIn, please do the right thing and help stop this! Even if it saves only one animal's life in the future, it is worth it.  Christina Kitova

Christina Kitova
497 supporters
Petitioning LinkedIn

Place Republic of Kosovo on the Country List

The initiative is important for people of Republic of Kosovo, so they are able to best represent themselves and their correct location ,and also for the LinkedIn platform since this correction would improve communication and help business community identify potential leads for Kosovo.

Uranik Begu
221 supporters
Petitioning Barclays, Ryman , Buzzfeed UK, NBC, Starbucks, Telegraph Media Group, BP, PriceWaterhouseCoopers, Go Ape, Nando's, Quest, Zendesk , eBay, Bank Of America, Virgin Group, LLOYDS BANKING GROUP, Citiba...

Replace all corporate banners at Pride with a commemoration to the victims in Orlando

On Sunday 12th June, the worst massacre of LGBT people in the West since the Holocaust took place in Orlando, Florida. A gunman entered Pulse, an LGBT night club, and killed 50 people, injuring 53 more. This was a horrific tragedy for those of us around the world who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender. Not only because of the tragic loss of life, but because of where it took place. Gay clubs were the places we had built as a community because we felt safer there than in the rest of the world. LGBT clubs and bars, bookshops and cafes are supposed to be where we can express our real selves, without fear of being judged for who we love, how we act or what we wear. On Sunday, that sense of safety was stolen from us. We've seen the homophobic and transphobic motives of the attack glossed over by the media who are more interested in who the killer was than who his victims were. We've seen the racial dynamics of the attack, with most of the victims being latinx, being casually ignored. We've seen our tragedy being exploited by politicians to further their own xenophobic agendas. But now is our time to gather and defy the fear that hateful people try to instill in us. Now is our time to mourn our dead. The London Pride Parade was born from a community that had to mourn its dead far too often. It was born out of conflict, out of radicalism. And yet now the parade is full of corporate logos and slogans - supporting their employees and promoting diversity, yes, but also using the event for self-promotion.That shouldn't happen, this year of all years. Pride is for people, not private companies. We, the undersigned, call upon any and all of the private corporations marching in the London Pride Parade this year to replace any signs or banners, any floats or buses bearing your names and logos, with something commemorating those we lost in Orlando. Black banners, artwork, the names of the fallen - anything that focuses attention on them and not on your company. Let us mourn our dead with the respect they deserve. If you want to share our celebration, then you should share our grief. Don't overpromote the decision, don't turn it into a PR stunt. Don't distract from or pinkwash our tragedy. Just do the right thing, the honourable thing, and pay tribute to the innocent lives which were lost. Be true to Pride's roots, rather than allowing it to become a commercialised shadow which has lost all real meaning.

Beth Cadwalladr
166 supporters
Petitioning Work to Live, Facebook, Twitter, Inc, LinkedIn, Commonwealth Bank of Australia, United Nations, Bill Shorten, Malcolm Turnbull


Work-related stress is one the leading reasons for absenteeism. This issue stems from the inefficiencies in place from long working hours. Research has demonstrated that long working hours have severe negative implications on employees’ health, which then affects business productivity. The Work To Live campaign aims at building awareness and creating favourable attitudes around work place solutions, such as reduced working hours and concrete flexible work place policies for the benefit of workers as well as businesses.

Work To Live
59 supporters
LinkedIn: Protect your users from stalkers and help keep victims safe

Hi everyone, my name is Paul Rockwell, and I head up Trust & Safety at LinkedIn. We know members have requested a blocking feature on LinkedIn. I come to you today to assure you that your concerns were heard loud and clear. We built this feature not only because it was a feature our members requested, but because we also knew it was the right thing to do. I’m pleased to share that we are rolling out a new Member Blocking feature today to all LinkedIn members. While on the surface this may seem like a simple feature to develop, it was not. There were many different use cases to consider, products and features to integrate, as well as a user interface we had to create. In addition to Member Blocking, there are also a number of other LinkedIn settings that you may want to consider such as: • Disconnecting - This provides you with the ability to remove any existing connection to another member in your network. • Customize Your Public Profile - This provides you with control over the profile content that's discoverable by search engines. • Activity Broadcasts - This provides you with control whether others can see updates to your profile, recommendations made and companies followed. • Photo Visibility - This provides you with control over who can see your profile photo. • Profile Viewing – This alters what others see when you visit their profile. Before you decide to block another member, we recommend you enable anonymous profile viewing (the last bullet listed above). For an overview of our new Member Blocking feature, which includes a link to the instructions on how to block, visit our Safety Center here: We remain committed to providing our members with a safe experience, and welcome any feedback you would like to share with us. Thanks again, Paul

3 years ago