Fake accounts — those created by bots or malicious actors — are problems for every social network. In a recent blog post, professional community LinkedIn discussed what it has done, and is doing, to fight the fakes.
According to the post, LinkedIn took action on more than 21 million fake accounts in the first half of 2019; 95% of those were stopped during account creation by something in the process automation.
The remaining accounts were stopped by a combination of user reports and automated processes. In a related blog post, LinkedIn broadly described the machine intelligence it uses to detect, score, and act on fake accounts, whether they’re created in bulk by a bot or individually by a malicious actor. The company says that it has teams of engineers and investigators working to protect the 610 million members who use the service for connecting to professional networks and finding new jobs.
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