You’d think a social network for professionals would be a professional place, yet LinkedIn can be no different from Facebook or Twitter at times when some bad actors choose to abuse and insult other LinkedIn users. With that in mind, LinkedIn appears to be cracking down on abuse and hate speech on its platform. The company has announced its new Professional Community Policies in a blog post and says it will begin cracking down on users that break those policies. One of those new community policies is to “be nice”:
Be Nice. We strive to maintain a safe and friendly community for our members. The Services shouldn’t be used to harm others or their career or business prospects or to air personal grievances and disputes. It is not okay to use the Services to harass, abuse, or send other unwelcome communications to people (e.g., romantic advances, sexually explicit content, junk mail, spam, chain letters, phishing schemes). We do not allow hate speech acts like attacking people because of their race, ethnicity, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, political or religious affiliations, or medical or physical condition. Also, hate groups, terrorists, and those who engage in violent crimes are not welcome and not permitted on the Services.
LinkedIn’s new Professional Community Policies go into effect May 8, 2018.