LinkedIn thwarted over 20 million fake accounts in the first half of 2019 – CNET

LinkedIn is cracking down on fake accounts.

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Not even LinkedIn is immune to fake accounts. 

The professional networking platform said it's taken action on 21.6 million fake accounts between January and June 2019. In a blog post Tuesday, it explained that 19.5 million of those accounts never made it live on the site and were thwarted during registration. 

Another 2 million were restricted before anyone reported them, and an additional 67,000 were taken down after user reports. 

"[Ninety-eight percent] of all fake accounts we prevented or took down were done so through our automated defenses, including artificial intelligence and machine learning," the post said.

Dealing with fake accounts has become a regular occurrence for social media platforms. In May, Facebook said it had pulled down 3 billion fake accounts between October and March.

LinkedIn says it has about 645 million members. 

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