LinkedIn is taking a number of steps to protect its members from bad actors. In addition to the lawsuit against the group of individuals who were allegedly selling fake LinkedIn profiles, the company has also:
- Implemented new AI image detection technology to root out fake headshots.
- Banned over 11 million fake accounts in the first half of 2022.
- Partnered with Clear to verify accounts using work email addresses, government-issued IDs, and phone numbers.
- Increased the number of human reviewers who are checking profiles for authenticity.
- Educated members about how to spot and report fake profiles.
LinkedIn is committed to providing a safe and secure platform for its members, and these steps are just a few of the ways that the company is working to achieve that goal.
Here are some tips for spotting fake LinkedIn profiles:
- Check the profile’s photo for inconsistencies. If the photo looks like it was taken from a stock photo website or if the person in the photo looks different from the person in the About section, it’s a red flag.
- Look for typos and grammatical errors in the profile. Fake profiles are often created by people who don’t speak English fluently, so they may have typos and grammatical errors in their profiles.
- Check the profile’s connections. If the profile has a lot of connections, but few of them are active, it’s a red flag. Fake profiles often have a lot of connections, but those connections are often inactive or fake.
- If you’re not sure if a profile is real, you can always report it to LinkedIn. LinkedIn has a team of people who review reports of fake profiles and take action if necessary.
By following these tips, you can help to protect yourself from fake LinkedIn profiles.