South China Morning Post: LinkedIn reverses course after censoring Chinese profile page of US-based human rights activist Zhou Fengsuo. “LinkedIn has restored access to the profile page of a prominent Chinese human rights activist, a day after the career networking site told him his page in China had been censored in accordance with the company’s commitment to adhering to the ‘requirements of the Chinese government’.”
TechCrunch: LinkedIn violated data protection by using 18M email addresses of non-members to buy targeted ads on Facebook. “LinkedIn, the social network for the working world with close to 600 million users, has been called out a number of times for how it is able to suggest uncanny connections to you, when it’s not even clear how or why LinkedIn would know enough to make those suggestions in the first place. Now, a run-in with a regulator in Europe illuminates how some of LinkedIn’s practices leading up to GDPR implementation in Europe were not only uncanny, but actually violated data protection rules, in LinkedIn’s case concerning some 18 million email addresses.”
Mashable: LinkedIn is beginning to look a lot like Snapchat. “It was only a matter of time: the Stories trend has officially made it to LinkedIn. Yes, that somebody-would-like-to-connect-with-you LinkedIn. The professional networking service, never one to dive into a social media trend too quickly, is finally dipping its toe into the Stories format.”
VentureBeat: LinkedIn begins testing events tool in New York and San Francisco. “LinkedIn is getting into the event business. The professional networking site announced today that it’s starting to test a new events tool with a select group of users in San Francisco and New York City. LinkedIn plans to roll out the feature globally in the next few months.”
BuzzFeed News: LinkedIn Is Now Home To Hyperpartisan Political Content, False Memes, And Troll Battles. “They have American flags and ‘MAGA’ in their profiles, share political memes and hyperpartisan news to their followers, and complain that their posts are being censored because they love Donald Trump. But instead of being active on Twitter and Facebook, these Trump supporters have brought the meme wars to the platform best known for Broetry, influencers, and professional networking: LinkedIn.” I thought Broetry might be some kind of weird typo, but it’s a thing, and BuzzFeed has a whole article about it.
LinkedIn: How to Create a Content Marketing Plan Using LinkedIn . “Do you need to improve your LinkedIn marketing? Wondering which content types will perform best for you? In this article, you’ll find a step-by-step process to help you create a LinkedIn content marketing plan.”
Neowin: Microsoft’s LinkedIn acquires Glint to improve employee engagement . “Microsoft has been on a shopping spree for a while, and it looks like it has no plans to stop. LinkedIn – a company which was itself acquired by the Redmond giant in 2016 – today announced plans to acquire Glint, a business specializing in employee engagement. Glint provides tools which allow business leaders to get feedback from their employees to know how the company is doing and what areas need improvement.”