I labeled LinkedIn’s behavior as reprehensible, or deserving of condemnation, at first. Reprehensible was not severe enough, so I used the word opprobrious, which means outrageously shameful or disgraceful. Outrageously being the key word. I apologize if you had to look it up but words mean things and I wanted to properly label LinkedIn’s and particularly Scarlett’s behavior as unprofessional.
I blame Scarlett, who appears to be the person at LinkedIn with the power to decide which profiles stay and who goes. Scarlett sent the note which appears in this article. She sent every note expunging a profile from LinkedIn. Her name is mud as far as I’m concerned. She is acting on behalf of Russia, Russian trolls, and Russian Information Warfare, I cannot avoid that conclusion.
Notice the notes say Charles’ account is “permanently restricted”.
Charles and about 25 of us have complained for months, filing multiple, multiple, multiple reports about Yana Dianova, about Fred Eidlin, and many others (more on Fred later). We have shown clear evidence of outrageous lies, ad hominem attacks, professional claims way out of line, about Russian troll behavior, about troll attacks, about copy and pasting vast amounts of data and wasting our time (and LinkedIn server space), about absolutely reprehensible behavior, but Scarlett always is the person who sends a closing report without a reason why.
Scarlett. We don’t know if this is one person, a rotating supervisor, an anonymous person, or a profile used just to send bad news. “LinkedIn Trust and Safety”. My trust in LinkedIn and the safety of our profiles and against actions against us is gone.
We tried to elevate the issues, contact a supervisor, contact management, get in touch with somebody in charge, but apparently, if you’re not a Russian connected with the FSB or a Russian troll, your word means nothing.
I’ve written about this in the past, the problem we have had with LinkedIn and their obvious bias against the West. LinkedIn’s pro-Russian bias.
Notice, from the note, there are three and only three rules posted which Charles might have violated:
- Act dishonestly or unprofessionally, including by posting inappropriate, inaccurate, or objectionable content
- Harass, abuse, or harm another person
- Send spam or other unwelcome communications to others
I hereby swear, after months of observation, Charles has not acted dishonestly or unprofessionally in any way. Charles has been consummate professional in every way, the complete opposite of the Russian trolls we expose. Any harassing or unwelcome communications would be a misperception of his truthful statements. He is guilty of none of the behavior in those three bullets.
LinkedIn, however, is egregiously guilty of pro-Russian bias and behavior on Russia’s behalf.
Scarlett, what is your Russian affiliation? What do they have on you? Are you naturally pro-Russian? You do understand you a professional embarrassment to LinkedIn? Do you know you are damaging the reputation of LinkedIn and their perception? Are you aware how long this blog stays visible and forever connects your behavior to LinkedIn’s reputation? You do know that Microsoft is particularly sensitive to LinkedIn employee behavior?
Quick update 20 July 2016: Yana Dianova’s profile has been taken down. Yay.