We are just halfway through the third quarter (Q3) of 2019 and LinkedIn has reportedly blocked approximately 21.6 million fake accounts
If compared to that of Facebook, the numbers of LinkedIn accounts that have already been blocked in the ongoing year 2019 is only a fraction of what the messaging platform experience quarterly.
LinkedIn had revealed that the numbers were meant for the first half of the year, which means that it was recorded for the period of January to June. According to the company, a majority of the account were blocked during the registration process, while others which were already registered were fake accounts.
Judging by numbers, the social network said it prevented 19.5 million of those fake accounts from being created at the point of registration. Another two million fake accounts were pulled before members could even report them thanks to the work of artificial intelligence, machine learning, and human reviewers. Only 67,000 profiles were reported by members as being fake.
While speaking on the reason for its action, Paul Rockwell, LinkedIn’s head of trust and safety, said in a blog post that the company’s actions were part of an effort aimed at “proactively finding fake profiles, then removing them and any content they share.”
So far since establishment in 2003, the corporate messaging platform, LinkedIn has been able to garner more than 645 million members. That pales in comparison to the numbers that the competition has attracted – Facebook, for example, has more than 2.41 billion monthly active users – but again, LinkedIn is largely a controversy-free zone by nature and Microsoft would like to keep it that way.
Seeing this massive number of accounts lost to the companies wedding is, however, unexpected, but the platform would rather keep loosing figures than condone controversies as in the case of Facebook.