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Businesses risking LinkedIn block out

Adam Zuchetti
Adam Zuchetti
19 February 2018 1 minute readShare

Common LinkedIn practices of SMEs and individuals are risking their ability to use the social networking site amid a crackdown on terms of use breaches.

My Business has heard of several examples of people and businesses having their accounts blocked, with multiple accounts and an overly prolific approach to adding new contacts suspected as the reasons for these suspensions.

A spokesperson for LinkedIn confirmed that it is taking action to enforce its terms of use.

“Our user agreement states that members can have one only LinkedIn account which must be in their real name,” the spokesperson said.

“If members want to create a profile for their business, they should do it through the company page.”

Users are also urged to restrict invitations to connect to people they already know, as large numbers of connection requests can set off a red flag for the platform’s spam managers.

“If you’ve sent a large number of invitations, your account may be limited from inviting more members. This is generally due to many of your invitations being rejected or ignored by the members you’ve invited,” the spokesperson said.

“We recommend you send invitations only to people you know and trust to be part of your network, as stated in the LinkedIn User Agreement.

“If you are unable to send invitations due to this limit, please cancel as many outstanding sent invitations as possible. Once this is complete, you can continue to send invitations to members you know and trust.”

LinkedIn is a popular tool for many services businesses, and its popularity in connecting with clients or customers may soon increase once Facebook removes business posts from its own platform.


Businesses risking LinkedIn block out
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Adam Zuchetti
Adam Zuchetti

Adam Zuchetti is the former editor of MyBusiness and a senior freelance media professional, specialising in the fields of business, personal finance and property. In 2020, he also embarked on his own business journey – inspired in part by the entrepreneurs and founders he had met through his journalistic work – with the launch of customised pet gifting and subscription service Paws N’ All.

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