LinkedIn Introduces New Verification Features to Take on Fake AccountsMay 4, 2023
In the upcoming months, LinkedIn will introduce new verification features to combat the growing number of fake accounts on the platform. While LinkedIn is an excellent place for professionals to connect and discover new opportunities, the rise of fake profiles has become a growing concern.
Scammers create these bot-like accounts designed to spam, trick, and scam unsuspecting users into downloading malware or giving away their personal information. The information held on LinkedIn, including job history, contact details, and professional interests, can be valuable to criminals looking to exploit it.
Unfortunately, these fake accounts are difficult to spot as they look like real people, with some even using AI-generated deepfake images.
LinkedIn is partnering with the secure identity platform Clear to authenticate accounts using work email addresses, government-issued IDs, and phone numbers to combat this issue. This improved account authentication process will initially be tested in the US, with a broader rollout expected if successful.
After providing the necessary information, accounts will receive a verification mark, similar to Twitter’s verification system. However, unlike Twitter, LinkedIn’s verification process will be free of charge.
As more information becomes available, we’ll keep you updated. In the meantime, if you need help securing your accounts, don’t hesitate to reach out.