LinkedIn Stopped 7.8 Million Fake Accounts From Being Created in the Second Half of 2019

Its automated defenses blocked 93% of them

LinkedIn released its Transparency Report covering the second half of 2019 LinkedIn
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LinkedIn said fake account registration attempts were down in the second half of 2019 compared with the first half of the year.

The professional network said in its latest Transparency Report that its automated defenses blocked 93% of all fake accounts it prevented or took down during that time period.

LinkedIn added that it stopped 7.8 million accounts from being created in the second half of last year, while it caught another 3.4 million through its proactive tools and safety teams, and another 85,600 were restricted after member reports.

The professional network said in the Community Report section, “In this reporting period, we saw a nominal and expected increase in spam and scams, given higher usage of our platform. Of all the spam and scams we caught, nearly all was captured and removed through our technology, before members encountered it.”

LinkedIn also shared details about content it removed during that time period, saying that there were 15,635 instances of harassment, 9,337 of adult content, 1,839 of violent or graphic material, 500 of hateful or derogatory content and 167 that qualified as child exploitation.

The professional network received 11,564 requests to take down content due to copyright infringements, covering 290,170 pieces of content, and 290,145 of those were pulled down.

LinkedIn said in a blog post, “There’s a lot more detail in the report itself, and a lot more work going on behind the scenes to build a safe, professional community on LinkedIn—including new tools and warnings to limit harassment on the platform and an improved experience for members reporting content that doesn’t belong on LinkedIn. We’ll continue to look for ways to refine and expand our reporting going forward.” David Cohen is editor of Adweek's Social Pro Daily.