Like most social media platforms, LinkedIn has always frowned upon automation tools. It’s been a notation in their User Agreement since the website was launched 18 years ago. However, only since Microsoft’s purchase in June 2016 have they had the resources to search, find and penalise those who break the rules. And yes, believe me, they do just that!
This makes it harder for LinkedIn to detect yes, but it certainly doesn’t make it impossible. And the more popular some of these automations become (i.e. the more users using them) the higher the potential for LinkedIn to find out about them, and take action against those using them.
The resulting account restriction and, in some cases, deletion of the person’s LinkedIn account may sound drastic, but these tools spoil the experience for everyone, turning a networking and relationship building platform into one that’s very spam-y with endless and meaningless automation.
Here’s the most up to date list of known data scraping automation plugins which LinkedIn are actively searching for:
If you are on the fence about a LinkedIn tool that sounds like it will be the answer to your prayers but it’s not on this list, perhaps cross check it with the third party official approved list below and don’t just take the slick marketing at face value!
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