LinkedIn is nothing but tiresome resume porn. In order to compete in today’s job market, you must play the LinkedIn game. LinkedIn is the go-to tool for job seekers; a place where they flock to post their inflated qualifications and boastful untruths for the public to see (ie, prospective employers). It’s a rather droll place to languish. I find collective groups where people indulge in delusional pride to be despicable, boring lots. And this is exactly what LinkedIn is.
So a site steeped in resume porn and self-involved gratuitous skill whoring is easy to get one by, for ultimately, the site is so ego-focused and obsessively fixated on career that it fails to see the white elephant looming on its doorstep.
Lectures by a radical Islamist cleric linked to the 9/11 attacks and other jihadist content have been discovered on LinkedIn.
The business-focused social network was alerted to the issue after an investigation by the Tony Blair Institute for Global Change.
The Microsoft-owned business has since removed the material.
But it faces criticism for not having taken a more proactive stance ahead of the discovery. According to the former prime minister’s research body – whose remit includes counter-extremism – some of the documents had been on LinkedIn for eight years.
The researcher who made the discovery, earlier this month, said there had been no obvious way to flag the problem to the technology company, and ultimately relied on the Times newspaper to bring it to Microsoft’s attention.
“Platforms must ensure that sufficient, effective reporting mechanisms are in place,” Mubaraz Ahmed told the BBC. “The likes of Facebook, Twitter, and Google have taken demonstrable and effective steps to counter terrorists’ use of the internet, but other platforms must not ignore the risks or become complacent.”
British politicians are currently considering following Germany’s lead in introducing laws to fine such companies if they fail to take down extremist material fast enough.
“Where there’s an audience, there’s an audience for hate – LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook or wherever,” said Dr Bernie Hogan, from the Oxford Internet Institute. “[But] it’s exceedingly tricky [to police] because go too far and you trample rights.”
A spokesman for LinkedIn referred the BBC to a statement it had earlier given to the Times. “We do not tolerate or permit activity on our site that violates our terms of service, including hate speech, violence and threats,” it said.
If we are to take LinkedIn to its logical conclusion, perhaps it could be argued that Islamic terrorists are merely using the site for what its unidimensional purpose is: personal betterment by marketing one’s career and personal skills in the public marketplace. If you’re an Islamic terrorist, you should at least be the best one you can be (resume and cover letter are preferable with at least three professional references).
What better place to showcase your skill-set than LinkedIn?