Why LinkedIn «blocks» accounts — the CleverStaff experiment

Why does LinkedIn block accounts and how to avoid it? CleverStaff programmers tried to understand the issue.

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CS technical support received several complaints from users of the service about blocking in LinkedIn. To find out why this happened and how social networking algorithms work, software developers conducted their own experiment.

The social network sends a standard message before blocking the account. It points out that the reason is any «automation tools»:

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Experts CleverStaff explored to find out how you can «deserve» the blocking of your account on LinkedIn.

Here’s what we did:

1) Created a brand new account.

2) Signed in to LinkedIn in incognito mode (without plug-ins).

3) Created and launched a special script, which simulated transitions to the pages of candidates.

4) Set the frequency of transitions — every 5 seconds.

CleverStaff programmers repeated the experiment three times.

The first time the account was blocked after a few hours of simulation. At the same time, 510 profiles of candidates were opened.

The second time the script worked all night and opened 5 thousand profiles of candidates. In the morning the account was still working.

The third time the script was opened simultaneously in two tabs. Account lockout occurred after 32 seconds.

Analyzing the results of the experiment, we made the following conclusions:

1) LI algorithms monitor all activity of accounts. The more actively you use LinkedIn, the more chances that social networking algorithms will take you for an automation tool.

2) The more open tabs — the higher the chance of being blocked.

3) LinkedIn can block an account without using plug-ins.

LinkedIn blocking algorithms are complex and ambiguous. Team CleverStaff was able to find out only some of them. We assume that in addition to the automatic algorithms LinkedIn, accounts are also locked by workers themselves. Irregularly and massively, making different samples according to the activity of users.

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