LinkedIn puts new measures in place to encourage healthy conversations


LinkedIn has announced a couple of new measures aimed at halting hateful conducts. The professional social media company made the announcement via its official blog on Tuesday. Making the announcement, the Microsoft-owned company emphasized the need for everyone to feel safe using its platform.

“We’re committed to making sure conversations remain respectful and professional. Here are some of the changes you can expect, and some of the controls we’ve put in place to help you foster constructive conversations,” Tanya Staples VP Product, Trust wrote in a blog post.

Policies are clearer now

LinkedIn has announced that it is rolling out new “educational content in the feed as you post.” This means immediate actions can now be taken to deal with content that are considered to be harmful to users.

Achieving more with AI

We are beginning to see more companies make use of artificial intelligence to fight against online hateful conduct. The Microsoft-owned professional network said it has improved its ability to find remove profiles containing inappropriate content. This has been made possible by the use of machine learning and artificial intelligence.

“When content is detected as possible harassment, you’ll also see an in-line warning at the top of the message that gives you the option to view (and report), or dismiss and mark as safe.”

Improved transparency at dealing with bad behavior

Going forward, LinkedIn says it would start keeping users in the loop of happenings as regards bad content. Users who report inappropriate content will now be kept abreast of the development, which will improve transparency. We’ll close the loop with members who report inappropriate content, letting them know the action we’ve taken on their report. Also, members who violate LinkedIn’s policies will now be informed about which policy was violated.

To help keep you safe on the platform, LinkedIn has introduced the following guidelines:

  1. Click “Ignore, then I don’t know this person” when you get an invitation you don’t feel comfortable accepting.
  2. Unfollow people if you no longer want receive updates from them.
  3. Choose your audience when you post. 
  4. Delete or turn off comments.
  5. Block members who make you feel unsafe or uncomfortable.

Still on hateful conduct and safety, a Russian national Yevgeniy Nikulin was last July found guilty by a San Francisco jury of hacking LinkedIn and Dropbox in 2012. The hack, which resulted in the theft of 117 million usernames and passwords were placed on Russian-Language forums.

The 32-year old Russian was arrested four years ago by authorities in the Czech Republic as part of an FBI operation. While in custody, the Czech authorities weighed on the extradition request from the US and Russia.

The San Francisco court has fixed sentencing for September 29 where he faces up to 10 years in prison for each count of selling stolen logins and installing malware, as well as five years for each count of hacking and conspiracy.

Author: Ola Ric

Ola Ric is a professional tech writer. He has written and provided tons of published articles for professionals and private individuals. He is also a social commentator and analyst, with relevant experience in the use of social media services.

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