With Member Blocking, Recruiters on LinkedIn May be in for Rude Awakening

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Are Recruiters who rely on LinkedIn alone in trouble?

Late last year, concerns about privacy on LinkedIn were abound, particularly brought to light by a petition on Change.org that urged for the ability to block users.

Concerns of stalking and discomfort were the basis of such complaints. This week, LinkedIn announced the long-awaited member blocking feature. The new privacy controls allows restricted access to profiles, direct interactions, and activity from users you don't want interaction with on the professional networking site.

The company stated that they added the feature because it was "the right thing to do."

But the change could be troublesome for some recruiters who rely on LinkedIn and only LinkedIn to do their social sourcing and recruiting. With the new blocking feature could come a wave of annoyed passive candidates who have had enough of being bothered and can shoo recruiters away with the click of a button.

Are you concerned about the new blocking feature and its effect on recruiting?

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  1. Trish says:

    NO. Linkedin needs to take it one step further and enable functionality to block entire companies.

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