Safeguard Users on Unprotected Social Media Site


Target: Jeff Weiner, CEO of LinkedIn

Goal: Add protection against stalking to the business networking site LinkedIn

Most social media sites, such as Facebook and Twitter, have a blocking feature. The ability to block a fellow user helps protect people from being harassed, stalked, and threatened. All social media sites should have a blocking feature, but LinkedIn – a popular site for making business connections – does not. Sign this petition requesting that the CEO of LinkIn will advocate for a blocking feature on the site.

The site provides the public with private information, such as who the user is interacting with. Now, one can change their page, their password, and their name if they choose to, but why should they have to? One user of LinkedIn described the dilemma of being forced between having higher privacy at lowered usefulness and having anonymous users view their profiles without permission. Another user described the whole thing as “shady”.

There are been reports of domestic abuse and rape victims finding their ex-husbands, ex-boyfriends, and past attackers have been using the site as a way to keep tabs on and connect with them. They can see where their victims work, when they change jobs, what city they work in, and when they move. One woman was even repeatedly emailed by a man who had once brutalized her. He would ask her where she was and if she had moved based on her LinkedIn profile.Not having a blocking feature is dangerous.

Please sign this petition if you also feel that LinkedIn users deserve the ability to protect themselves from unwanted views on the site.


Dear CEO Jeff Weiner,

Sir, your site needs more protection. Specifically, it needs a blocking feature so users can better control who can view their profiles and activity.

This is very important as many other sites already have this feature, and some of your users may log off your site for good once they are presented with a better interest. Installing a blocking feature would not only be in the best interest of your customers, but in your best interests as well.

Facebook, PinInterest, and Twitter, all popular social media sites, have the feature your site lacks. As a CEO, you have the power and the responsibility to advocate for greater safety measures on your site.

Thank you for your time.


[Your Name Here]

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