If you’re a user of LinkedIn, chances are you’ve had an account restricted. However, did you know that there were two different kinds of restrictions? One is temporary while the other is permanent. Today you’ll learn more about both of them.
What is LinkedIn jail?
After being restricted by LinkedIn, users are unable to change their profile or settings, send messages, post status updates, and other content on the platform or apply for jobs on behalf of company accounts until they’ve been released from their sentence.
What is the difference between a LinkedIn account restriction and a LinkedIn Jail?
A LinkedIn account restriction is temporary and can be reversed. If you’ve been restricted from using the platform, your access will be restored after a period of time.
A LinkedIn jail is permanent, and can not be reversed. If you find yourself in this situation, it’s because you violated the terms of service—and there’s no way to get out without contacting LinkedIn.
How to know if your account is in LinkedIn Jail or if you just got your LinkedIn Account Restricted?
If you’re wondering how to know if your account is in LinkedIn Jail or if you just got your LinkedIn Account Restricted, let’s take a look at some of the main differences between the two.
A temporary ban is more likely to be caused by an oversight on your part, like not following the rules for posting links on LinkedIn (which can get you into trouble). You may have also accidentally violated one of their policies by posting off-topic content or updating too often. In this case, it’s easy enough to correct whatever mistake was made and wait out whatever time period has been assigned for punishment. Once this time period has elapsed, your account should be reactivated automatically without much fuss.
If it turns out that there was nothing wrong with what you did but instead someone reported something incorrectly as inappropriate activity on their end—you’ll probably find yourself stuck in permanent lockdown mode until someone manually reviews and lifts the restriction from your profile page entirely!
How long does the restriction last?
The duration of your restriction depends on a number of factors, including the reason for it (namely, whether you are flagged as fraudulent or phishing) and how you respond to the restriction. If you’re flagged as fraudulent or phishing in any way, expect your account to be locked for at least 60 days. And if you’re flagged for something else—like multiple logins from different locations in a short period—the duration is likely to be shorter than 60 days.
On the other hand, if your account was restricted because of suspicious activity and then later reinstated following further review by LinkedIn’s Trust & Safety team (this often happens with those who were limited from sending messages), it can take up to five business days for this change to take effect on all devices associated with your profile. Once it does, though, feel free resume using all features!
Once your account has been unblocked or restored after being restricted due to suspicious activity (e.g., too many logins), there are additional things that affect how long this will last:
It could go on forever! For example: if someone chooses not only not use their emails but also deletes them entirely off LinkedIn…
Will my account be reactivated after the time period ends?
If you’re thinking about getting back on LinkedIn, there are a few things to keep in mind. First, your profile must be in good standing with the platform. This means that you must avoid posting too many things at once or violate any other rules of LinkedIn. Second, if your account was restricted before, it may be again if you break one of these rules or post too much content at once. Finally, once your account has been reactivated and restored (which can take 24 hours), be sure not to cause any further disruption by breaking any other rules of LinkedIn—especially those related to posting too much content or violating user privacy settings
Can I avoid being restricted or put in LinkedIn jail again, especially if my intentions are not to break the rules and my actions are those of someone who wants to use LinkedIn as designed?
Yes, you can.
How? Well, it’s important to remember that LinkedIn is a business tool and not just a social network. It’s not meant to be used as an all-encompassing platform where you can share your opinions on everything from the latest sports game or TV show to politics and current events. If you want your account restricted or put in LinkedIn jail again, then you should avoid sharing too much information about yourself and only use it for professional networking purposes.
If this means that some of your friends will get upset with you because they don’t understand why they don’t see the same updates from you anymore—that’s OK!