LinkedIn: Prostitutes, Peddle Your Wares Somewhere Else

    May 15, 2013
    Amanda Crum
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LinkedIn has recently updated their terms of use policies to make it clear that they don’t want prostitutes advertising their “skills” on the social networking site.

LinkedIn, which boasts over 225 million users, has become a huge source for employers and those looking to boost their careers in the past few years. Networking used to consist of mixers and business cards; now, the site makes it easier than ever to find the right job or hire. Naturally, prostitutes want in on it.

The company has made it explicitly clear that they don’t want their site to be used for illegal activity and revised their policy to read: “Users must not create profiles or provide content that promotes escort services or prostitution”. That includes anyone living in a state where prostitution is legal (we’re looking at you, Nevada). The full revision reads that no one may:

Upload, post, email, InMail, transmit or otherwise make available or initiate any content that, even if it is legal where you are located, create profiles or provide content that promotes escort services or prostitution.

The company made the changes after realizing that people were being endorsed for prostitution on the site and getting away with it because of the way their terms of use was worded.

“In the old [user agreement], we had it covered by saying that one could not use a profile to promote anything ‘unlawful,’” a LinkedIn rep told Mashable. “However, in some countries, that activity actually is lawful.”

There were several users promoting their services on the site as of this week; take a look here to see a few.

  • RDG

    i really think America and this Puritan attitude it has about Prostitution is a little over the top. prostitution has been legal in Europe for years even in Germany they have medical cards and are required to get checked often and i mean weekly in most cases. prostitution could be the release valve that could wipe away many sex crimes here in the states and the ignorant masses want to keep some old relic thinking untarnished. go figure.

  • Loki

    Sex work related attitudes are so deeply linked with religious and ethnic cultural values, is this kind of censorship really much different than discrimination based on protected criteria where that violates civil or human rights?

    Such institutionalized bigotry based censorship really needs honest courts to ban corrupt political practices, and end black markets, that marginalize huge numbers of participants by systemic, malicious rights violations.

    This kind of discrimination by media some argue is “just” catering to user values, or to legal standards. That’s thinly veiled fraud, much like claiming your company has nothing against blacks, but doesn’t allow them because other customers do have such biases, or not many years ago, because of laws restricting lunch counters, housing, transportation, water fountain use, etc.

    Even states that broadly define “public accommodations” (eg, NJ or CA) compared to the Federal Civil Rights Act of 1964 (42 USC 2000 et seq), tend to play hypocrite bigots over prejudices over sexuality that properly fall within the realm of protected rights criteria off limits for oppression of life choices, or speech about them.

  • tjtomis

    So… what is the minimal length of time before they are not considered prostitutes??? 4 dates or a marriage proposal??? In 1 way or another money will be spent!