LinkedIn currently has 645 million members. As the community continues to grow, controlling fake profiles is essential to maintain LinkedIn as a safe place for professionals around the world.
LinkedIn yesterday revealed that it took action on 21.6 million fake accounts this year. LinkedIn blocked 19.5 million fake accounts from being created at registration. This is great since majority of the fake accounts were stopped automatically, without ever being live. LinkedIn blocked 2 million fake accounts before members reported them and 67,000 after getting reports from members. LinkedIn uses the combination of human and AI to control fake accounts.
98% of all fake accounts we prevented or took down were done so through our automated defenses, including artificial intelligence and machine learning. The rest were captured through manual review.
“When we stop fake accounts, we start more chances for economic opportunity. We are committed to using every measure available to maintain your safety, allowing everyone to access economic opportunity while feeling supported and secure,” said Paul Rockwell, Head of Trust & Safety at LinkedIn.