LinkedIn: Protect your users from stalkers and help keep victims safe
  • Petitioned LinkedIn
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This petition was delivered to:

Director, Corporate Communications
Hani Durzy
CEO, LinkedIn
Jeff Weiner
Senior VP, Operations, LinkedIn
David Henke
Senior VP, Products and User Experience, LinkedIn
Deep Nishar
VP, Corporate Communications, LinkedIn
Shannon Stubo

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

    1. Anna R.
    2. Petition by

      Anna R.

      Columbus, OH

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February 2014

Victory

On February 20, 2014, LinkedIn announced that it added a member blocking feature. Anna said: "I am so grateful for everyone's help and support throughout this entire process. It has taken a lot of patience and a lot of work but: WE DID IT! We should all be proud of ourselves for this fantastic feat. I would also like to thank LinkedIn for making this possible; for caring for your users and listening to what they need. You have been attentive and helpful. Thank you for helping to better the LinkedIn community -- and users’ privacy -- around the world!"

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.

To:
LinkedIn
Hani Durzy, Director, Corporate Communications
Jeff Weiner, CEO, LinkedIn
David Henke, Senior VP, Operations, LinkedIn
Deep Nishar, Senior VP, Products and User Experience, LinkedIn
Shannon Stubo, VP, Corporate Communications, LinkedIn
Offer LinkedIn users a blocking feature against other users

Sincerely,
[Your name]

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    1. Decision-maker LinkedIn responds:

      LinkedIn

      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 ...


    2. Reached 9,000 signatures
    3. LinkedIn Group Started--Anyone free to join

      Anna R.
      by Anna R.
      Petition Organiser

      Hello Everyone,

      If anyone is interested, I have started a LinkedIn group named "L.I. Privacy/Blocking Petition." Please feel free to join and or tell others of the group as well. The group also holds the link to this petition site, so any new joiners who have not signed have easy access.

      I am trying to get the word out to as many people as I can, but I ask your help. If each of you could just e-mail this link to four or five people you knew and so on and so forth, the signatures would just come rolling in!! I'm trying to get the word out to as many people as I can, but any support always helps.

      I'm here to make a change, and I need all the help I can get.

      Thanks,

      Anna

    4. Reached 50 signatures

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    Reasons for signing

    • Jessica Murray ST LOUIS, MO
      • about 1 month ago

      So excited that they've added blocking! I went and blocked a few people who I don't want knowing anything about me. This was the LAST social media site to have blocking, and it was LONG overdue. Pathetic that it took a petition to make happen, but glad it did :)

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    • Roger Chang EASTLAKE, OH
      • about 1 month ago

      I want to know who's looking at my information, public, private, doesn't matter.

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    • Danielle Hatfield GREENSBORO, NC
      • about 1 month ago

      Why should I have to play mall cop with my privacy on LinkedIn? Yes I know I can choose "Connections Only" when I post an update - but why should one person, that could be blocked from commenting and liking my status updates or sending me messages, make ME responsibleWhy should I have to play mall cop with my privacy on LinkedIn? Yes I know I can choose "Connections Only" when I post an update - but why should one person, that could easily be blocked from commenting and liking my status updates or sending me messages or seeing my profile, ruin my experience? Why?

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    • Alonso Quiroz GAITHERSBURG, MD
      • about 1 month ago

      tired of stalkers

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    • JD Chan SINGAPORE, SINGAPORE
      • about 1 month ago

      I would really, really like a block option as well. The 'make your profile only for your connections' thing does not work for me. I have someone viewing my profile who has no business viewing it, and who has been told repeatedly, over a span of 20+ years, to leave me alone. And yet I cannot block this person.

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