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Why Can't We Block People on LinkedIn?
By: Jessica Cherok
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Why in the world isn’t there a blocking feature on LinkedIn? It may be the world’s largest professional network, but that does not mean it’s made entirely up of professionals. Perhaps one of the biggest drawbacks to LinkedIn is their complete lack of resources for dealing with creepers.

Pretty much the last thing you need when you’re unemployed and looking for work is a stalker. And while other social media sites give you tools to protect yourself from overzealous lurkers, LinkedIn is notably missing a blocking feature. Meaning that anyone who finds you can continue to contact you even if you don’t want them to.

Sure, you can change your privacy settings so that your profile will only appear in certain networks, or you can make the profile completely private, but those aren’t realistic solutions for people who are looking for jobs. After all, part of the reason for being on LinkedIn is to be seen by potential employers. You can hardly be seen if your profile is set to private.

Users and privacy advocates have been after LinkedIn to implement blocking abilities for quite a long time, but so far the professional networking site has refused to do so. Why? There doesn’t seem to be a clear answer. LinkedIn seems to feel that blocking would somehow hinder the site’s ability to match job seekers with employers.

Keeping some stranger or disgruntled coworker from harassing you hardly seems like it would put a damper in the site’s overall functionality. Maybe LinkedIn knows something we don’t?

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Jessica Cherok is an advocate for online privacy, campaigning for ethical data practices and the protection of personal privacy.
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