I have been detoxing hard from LinkedIn today. It definitely feels like something is missing in my life. But after a 24-hour struggle to get some answers on why I am LinkedOut, all LinkedIn have to say is that they can’t help me.
I find it annoying that while I am asked to submit a passport or ID, I don’t even get to know the full name of the person assisting me. I realise I shouldn’t get angry with that individual – it’s like blaming the waitress for an overcooked stake. Still, the frustration doesn’t just go away.
I decided not to break and I will not share my ID with LinkedIn. Just think of what could go wrong with that scenario… I am not an expert on identity theft and such, but I have been advised by people way smarter than me that sending my passport to unknown individuals online is never safe.
So if you’re wondering what the LinkedIn Help employee is referring to, it’s my ridiculous attempt at getting in touch with a human being over at LinkedIn:
I got desperate yesterday trying to contact @Linkedin but all they give you is the option to submit your ID… so I submitted this, very happy with myself. No luck though guys, I just got an email from a no-reply email when they figured it out 😜#linkedin #socialmedia pic.twitter.com/JGG0ho6z2y
— Kasia Borowicz (@kmborowicz) 9 January 2018
Instead of an ID, I uploaded my message in the form of a jpg, sharing with them my frustration over what they're asking me to do.
Don't get me wrong, I know LinkedIn has to fight recruiters using plugins and extensions they see as a threat. I'm however convinced I haven't broken any rules, I don't use plugins or violate other terms or service - and it doesn't seem like LinkedIn are convinced either. Let me remind you they say it APPEARS like I may have broken them. So why not allow me to talk to a human being o resolve the issue?
What did you do? Where you given any answers? As long as we allow LinkedIn to continue like this, they can randomly block any one of you. Let's help each other out! Let's figure out what we can do about this together!
If you'd like to help but aren't sure about posting your own update, maybe you can like or comment this post by Karen Azulai about the issue?