CREATED Jun. 21, 2013
TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - When you're using social media, the idea of privacy is something you just can't expect.
But with websites like "LinkedIn" that are influenced by how much you share, people are beginning to see some serious problems.
LinkedIn is a social media site built for business relationships.
All 225 million members put their resumes online in hopes of catching a future employer's eye.
But, as one online petition
shows, many believe there's a big issue with the site.
A KGUN-9 viewer posted this on our facebook page:
"I have a friend who used linkedin and her abusive ex has been stalking her.
She wrote to LinkedIn asking if they have ever considered a blocking function,
they responded that they didn't feel it was necessary..."
Unlike Facebook and Twitter, you can't block anyone from viewing your profile, unless you have court order.
Here is LinkedIn's full statement to Nine On Your Side:
"LinkedIn does not currently offer a Block, although it is on our roadmap. Instead, we offer much more granular control for our members. There are a number a number of different ways for members to protect themselves and control exactly what parts of their profiles and activities are visible on LinkedIn. First and foremost, members can easily disconnect from anyone of their connections. We realize that may not be sufficient, so we allow members to customize their public profiles so that only what they want to have show up on search engines appears. We make it possible for members to adjust what appears to their networks when they take action on LinkedIn — change their title or employer, share or post interesting content, etc. We let them limit who can see their photo if they have one on their profile. We let them control what people in their network can see on their profile. And we allow them to limit who can see their connections. All of these can be used to effectively minimize unwanted connections."
Police say online stalking is becoming more apparent with the use of social media, and until we get a better grasp on this ever-changing network, we just have to assume nothing is private.