Understanding LinkedIn Blocking
When you block someone on LinkedIn, certain interactions between you and that person are restricted to protect your privacy. This feature is designed to give users control over their professional networking experience.
Block Features and Limitations
LinkedIn enables you to block other members with ease, ensuring your privacy settings meet your needs on this professional networking platform. When you block a user:
- Both parties cannot view each other’s profiles.
- Messaging between the two members is no longer possible.
- The blocker will not appear in the blocked person’s “Who’s Viewed Your Profile” section.
- Shared content and updates won’t be visible to one another.
It is important to note that blocking on LinkedIn has its limitations:
- Blocked members may see your content shared in public spaces, like open group discussions.
- Your public profile is still visible in a LinkedIn search or through search engines.
- Blocking is specific to each member and does not extend to other users who may view your profile.
Here are the steps to block a member on different devices:
- Go to the member’s LinkedIn profile.
- Select the More button (three dots).
- Choose Report/Block.
- Mobile (Android, iOS, LinkedIn App):
- Tap the More button on the member’s profile.
- Tap Report/Block.
Visibility After Blocking
After you have blocked someone on LinkedIn, your visibility to each other diminishes significantly:
- Both users’ profiles become invisible to one another on the platform.
- Previous comments or likes on each other’s content become inaccessible.
- The blocked individual cannot send messages through LinkedIn to the person who blocked them.
The Settings and Privacy section of your account allows you to manage your blocked list, where you can:
- View the LinkedIn members you have blocked.
- Unblock individuals if you decide to do so.
Remember to review your privacy settings to adjust how your profile appears publicly, as blocking does not affect public visibility on search engines and public LinkedIn discussions.
Managing Connections and Content
On LinkedIn, managing your network connections and the content you see is straightforward. With a few clicks, you can control who’s in your network and what appears in your feed.
How to Block or Unblock Someone
To block someone on LinkedIn, navigate to their profile. Look for the three dots (…) often located at the top of the profile section next to the “Message” button. From there, select Report/Block, and choose “Block [member name].” Blocking a member means they can no longer view your shared content, your profile will not appear in their suggestions, and you will not be connected or be able to connect in the future unless you decide to unblock them.
To unblock someone, your journey starts by clicking the “Me” icon at the top of your LinkedIn homepage, then selecting Settings & Privacy. Within the “Visibility” section, click on Blocking, and you’ll see a list of all the people you have blocked. You can promptly unblock them by simply clicking on the “Unblock” button next to their name.
Interacting with Blocked Members
Once a member is blocked, they won’t be able to see your updates or any content you’ve shared. This includes actions like posting to your feed or sharing newsletters. They will also no longer have access to your profile. This is similar to blocking on other platforms like Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram. A key difference is that even after blocking, certain information, such as your public content and comments in open group discussions, may still be visible to the blocked member. It is important to adjust your public profile settings if you wish to limit this visibility. Remember that blocking is typically reserved for serious cases like harassment or spam and is not a method for simply unfollowing someone or avoiding small annoyances.
Notifications and Privacy
When it comes to LinkedIn, blocking is a discreet affair that reflects the platform’s emphasis on user privacy and respect for individual preferences.
Notification to Blocked or Blocking Members
Members do not receive any notification when they are blocked. Neither the person initiating the block nor the blocked person will be alerted through LinkedIn notifications. The primary aim here is privacy, ensuring that blocking is a quiet and non-confrontational action. It’s worth noting that blocked members also disappear from the ‘People You May Know’ suggestions.
The blocking process on LinkedIn is designed to be straightforward and discreet:
- Visit the member’s profile.
- Click on the “More” button.
- Select “Report/Block.”
Privacy Considerations for Blocking
Blocking someone on LinkedIn significantly transforms your visibility on the platform with respect to that person. Once someone is blocked, they can’t view your updates, and the action also removes any existing direct connection between the two profiles. This means:
- Both parties can no longer view each other’s profile or message one another.
- Shared LinkedIn group participation remains visible, but in-group messaging is not possible.
- If a recruiter account or a premium account blocks a member, they won’t appear in each other’s search results, recommendations, or endorsements.
- Previous comments or endorsements remain, but neither party can engage in future interactions like commenting or endorsing.
Blocking is a powerful tool within LinkedIn’s privacy settings that is accessible through a web browser or LinkedIn’s mobile app on devices like an iPhone. It’s designed to prevent unwanted interactions, potentially from scammers or bullies, while maintaining a professional and respectful networking platform.
Frequently Asked Questions
Managing your connections on LinkedIn includes knowing how to identify when someone has blocked you and understanding the nuances of the blocking feature. Here, we cover common inquiries users often have.
How can I tell if I’ve been blocked by someone on LinkedIn?
If someone has blocked you on LinkedIn, their profile will become inaccessible to you. Searches for the person’s name will no longer yield their profile in the results, and any direct link to their profile will lead to an error page.
Will someone know if I block them on LinkedIn?
No, LinkedIn does not notify members when they have been blocked. If you block someone, LinkedIn keeps it confidential. The blocked person will not be alerted directly about this action.
What does it look like when you are blocked by a user on LinkedIn?
When a user blocks you on LinkedIn, it’s as if their profile has vanished. They will disappear from your connections list, and you won’t see them in shared groups or have access to message them.
Is it possible to block a person on LinkedIn without them receiving a notification?
Yes, you can block a person on LinkedIn, and they will not receive any notifications about it. Your privacy is protected, and the blocked individual will remain unaware unless they attempt to view your profile and find it inaccessible.
How can I block someone on LinkedIn discreetly, without viewing their profile?
To block someone without visiting their profile, you can go to the ‘Settings & Privacy’ section of your account, navigate to the ‘Blocking and hiding’ settings, and then enter the person’s name to block them discreetly.
What are the implications of removing or blocking a contact on LinkedIn?
Blocking someone on LinkedIn may affect your professional relationship with that person. They will no longer be able to view your profile, interact with your content, or send you messages. It’s a measure that ensures your online presence aligns with your comfort and privacy preferences.