LinkedIn bans prostitutes and escorts from its network

LinkedIn has been used as a platform to not just stay in touch with past and future employers but also to make new connections. But connecting professionally on LinkedIn for prostitutes and escorts is not going to be possible anymore. The social networking website for professionals has banned those working in the sex industry from making a profile on the website.

If you thought people were just looking out for peers and colleagues to connect with on LinkedIn, think again. Yes, there are people employed in the sex industry on LinkedIn, and thanks to an update in the service's user agreement terms, they will not be allowed to hold profiles on it anymore.

No LinkedIn for you! (Image Credit: Getty Images)

No LinkedIn for you! (Image Credit: Getty Images)


According to the agreement that was updated on Monday, you many not, "Upload, post, email, InMail, transmit or otherwise make available or initiate any content that: Even if it is legal where you are located, create profiles or provide content that promotes escort services or prostitution.”

LinkedIn has been known to ban "unlawful" services, but this change in wording has been made keeping in mind that there are countries where prostitution is legal, according to LinkedIn's head of communications, Tara Commerford.

Considering that prostitution is indeed one of the world's oldest services, and is perfectly legal in a lot of countries, it is a little shocking to see LinkedIn play moral police and ban those who are involved in the sex industry.

A blog post on Sheri's Ranch, a brothel in Nevada, says, "By not allowing legal prostitutes to use LinkedIn, the social network and its leaders are broadcasting their feelings about social progress: LinkedIn does not believe that legal prostitution should be legal and doesn’t recognize it as a legitimate profession even though it legally is."

It goes on to add, "Is this really LinkedIn’s call to make? Should LinkedIn, a social network, decide which professions are legitimate and which are not? Of course, it’s within the social network’s rights to remove any content that it deems unsavory, but for LinkedIn to use its influence to intentionally subvert a political agenda is unfair and socially dangerous. Deciding whether or not prostitution is a legal profession in a particular country or state is the responsibility of politicians and their constituents, not the responsibility of LinkedIn.”

Do you believe LinkedIn has done the right thing by banning prostitutes from its site? Let us know in the comments.

Published Date: May 18, 2013 05:10 pm | Updated Date: May 18, 2013 05:10 pm