In an official blog post, LinkedIn has shared that the company took action on 21.6 million fake accounts between January and June 2019.
LinkedIn was able to prevent the creation of 19, 5 million of these false accounts in the registry, while 2 million false accounts were withdrawn before the members informed them. Essentially, 98% of all fake accounts were avoided or eliminated through automated platform defenses, including artificial intelligence and machine learning. The remaining 67,000 were captured through a manual review after member reports.
LinkedIn is not alone in this fight. Social networks like Facebook and Twitter are plagued with fake accounts on their platforms. However, unlike Facebook and Twitter, LinkedIn has stayed away from the problems of misinformation and harassment, as it is perceived that the platform is an extension of the workspace with connections that include bosses, co-workers and potential employers.
LinkedIn has 645 million members worldwide. In the blog post, LinkedIn Head of Trust and Security, Paul Rockwell, wrote: “When we stop creating fake accounts, we create more opportunities for economic opportunities. We are committed to using all available measures to maintain their security, allowing everyone to have access to economic opportunities while feeling supported and secure. "
More information: LinkedIn