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 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:
http://help.linkedin.com/app/safety/answers/detail/a_id/38595/chapter/member_blocking

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


Posted on February 21, 2014
Discussion
  • Angela Verlaeckt Clark OTTAWA, CANADA
    • 12 months ago

    I FEEL THIS IS TOO LITTLE, TOO LATE....I ALMOST DO NOT GO ON LINKEDIN ANYMORE...WHAT KIND OF A OPEN NETWORKING SITE, IS THIS IF PEOPLE CAN VIEW ANONYMOUSLY. I WOULD ADD, PREMIUM OR NOT...WE ALL MATTER! SAFETY IS AN ISSUE MOST OF US DESERVE.

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  • jeff Hill LOWELL, VT
    • 12 months ago

    Paul, It appears that there is still no way to block anonymous users. Why are you having trouble understanding that issue. It is very simple to program. It has no place in an open forum that is used for communication and networking. Further more it is irresponsible and unsafe as it allows cyber stalking which has been prevalent. I think we need an attorney to stop this charade and prevent anyone from being hurt in that process. You are failing on both trust and safety.

    Jeff H

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  • Steven Mairs THAILAND
    • about 1 year ago

    LinkedIn must allow users to block profile views by anonymous trolls.

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  • Steven Mairs THAILAND
    • about 1 year ago

    I don't get it - seems a bit premature to be popping the champage corks. As of this writing LinkedIn has done nothing to stop anonymous views of member profiles - it merely added a feature that allows blocking specific members.

    From LinkedIn:

    Anonymous Viewers of Profiles Last Reviewed: 04/02/2014

    Some members choose to remain anonymous when viewing profiles. These members do not choose to be anonymous when only viewing certain profiles. Instead, they choose to be anonymous when viewing all profiles. You can't block them or force them to reveal their names in order to view your profile.

    When free members choose to remain anonymous, they won't be able to see who's viewed their profile either. If you have a Premium account, you can browse anonymously and still see the list of people who viewed your profile. However, even if you have a Premium account, you still can't view the names of anonymous viewers of your own profile.But guess what! You can't block a user unless you know who they are!

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  • Joyce Hoyt JACKSONVILLE, FL
    • about 1 year ago

    THank you, you have done the right thing. Not alot of companies do, thank you again !

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