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In my years as a LinkedIn user, I saw too many people be put inside the “LinkedIn jail.”

Some were my friends and former colleagues.

And some were close connections that I met on LinkedIn through engagements and LinkedIn groups.

It’s such a shame, really.

As well as a wasted opportunity.

For you and I know that LinkedIn is the largest professional networking site on the web today.

Being restricted on the platform is the worst possible thing that can happen to any of us.

We all know how crucial it is to constantly be active on LinkedIn.

Most especially when we’re all using the platform to:

invite talk

I think we can all agree that it’s much better to simply be inactive on LinkedIn than getting restricted.

At least, with inactivity, your reasons are sound and valid.

After all, we all understand how real life can keep us busy in our professional or personal lives.


When you signed up on LinkedIn, you agreed to abide by and comply with their:

This means that you accept the responsibilities expected of you as a LinkedIn user.

And one of our most important responsibilities?


In our interactions and engagements with the other users on the platform.

So, what causes LinkedIn to act and place a restriction on a user account?

To make it easier to identify them, I grouped them into two categories.

  • Category 1: Inappropriate activities or misconducts
  • Category 2: Violations to LinkedIn’s rules and regulations

4 Common Inappropriate Activities or Misconducts

Over the years, I saw the mistakes our fellow LinkedIn users have made.

And I noted and compiled the most common inappropriate activities or misconducts.

They are as follows:

  • An unusually large amount of page views
  • Illegal account activity such as sending an abnormal amount of connection requests
  • Repetitive, abusive account behavior such as spamming and disrespecting fellow LinkedIn users
  • Hacked or compromised account


Violations to LinkedIn’s Rules and Regulations

As you know, LinkedIn is a professional community.

This is our entry point (or our virtual ID) to…

  • Building business connections
  • Cultivating meaningful relationships

…within the industry.

That’s why, as professionals, we should:

  • Mind our professional etiquette
  • Follow the rules and regulations listed on the LinkedIn User Agreement and the Professional Community Policies

8 common violations

You should remember that these rules and regulations act as a legally binding contract between us and the platform.

(And as entrepreneurs, we should know the importance of following contracts, right?)

As such, we know that LinkedIn is serious in its objectives to uphold only the professional standards for its website.

1. Using a false identity on your LinkedIn profile.

In other words, fake accounts.

People commonly create this to spam or maliciously harm other users.

identity theft

2. Disclose information you have no right to disclose.

Think about it: You don’t even want others to share your personal information without your permission.

How much more for others, right?

3. Violate the intellectual property rights of others.

It includes, but not limited to:

  • Copyrights
  • Patents
  • Trademarks
  • Trade secrets
  • Other proprietary rights

You may share another user’s content, provided you have their consent and/or is under a Creative Commons license.

4. Deep-link to their Services without LinkedIn’s consent.

Unless you intend to use this to promote your profile or LinkedIn groups, then don’t send hyperlinks to other LinkedIn users towards LinkedIn Services.

5. Stating you’re affiliated with or endorsed by LinkedIn without their express consent.

Yes, you’re a LinkedIn expert.

But don’t take this as an excuse to say you’re “certified” by LinkedIn when you aren’t in the first place.

You’ll only be misleading others as a result.


6. Use software to scrape information and other data of users.

This is more or less related to LinkedIn automation tools.

Although you can use these tools, you must always be cautious in using them and not abuse them.

READ: 5 Reasons Why Using LinkedIn Automation Tools Are Risky

7. Use of bots or other automated methods.

You maliciously used it to:

  • Access LinkedIn’s Services
  • Add or download contacts.
  • Send or redirect messages.
8. Violate the Professional Community Policies.

And any additional terms concerning a specific Service, and, when applicable, the Bing Maps terms.


No matter what misconduct you did or which terms you violated, it doesn’t erase the fact that you committed a wrong.

And depending on the degree of the violation you committed, LinkedIn may either:

  • Delete the abusive/inappropriate content
  • Suspend or temporarily restrict your account
  • Permanently restrict and ban your account.

And where does that leave you?

There, locked inside the LinkedIn jail.

But don’t get discouraged just yet.

You can still get out of jail and be a free man once again.


Here are the ways on how you can recover your restricted LinkedIn account.


As mentioned, LinkedIn sanctions include content removal or account restriction.

If you find yourself dealing with either one, you don’t need to worry.

There’s a process you can follow in order to appeal to LinkedIn to lift their sanction/s.

However, keep in mind that as the person who’s asking for a second chance, you have to be mindful of your manners in your interactions with LinkedIn.

  • Be professional
  • Be patient
  • Be concise and direct

Method 1 – Contact the LinkedIn Support Team

The simplest and most logical thing to do is to contact the LinkedIn Support Team.

Submit a contact form where you can fully explain your case on what had happened.

Friendly Reminder: The LinkedIn Support Team may take a while to respond to your message. So be patient.

Method 2 – Ask Your Network for Help

Don’t forget, we are a professional community.

We have a vast network of connections.

READ: Exporting Your LinkedIn Contacts’ Emails: How to Do It and Why It Matters

So, getting in touch with your LinkedIn network can be a huge help in recovering your account.

Reach out to your connection that knows someone from LinkedIn Customer Service.

Then, try to ask them if they can help you relay your appeal on your behalf.

Or, if you don’t want to trouble them, you can also directly contact LinkedIn on their other social media accounts like Twitter.

You can either:

  • Send a direct message; or,
  • Tag them on your post


I sometimes find it unbelievable how some users forgot why LinkedIn was built in the first place.


We’re the reason.

So, the least we can do is to follow the platform’s rules and regulations.

After all, LinkedIn wants to nurture a good community for us.

Rule #1 – Compliance with the Applicable Laws

These include but not limited to:

  • Privacy laws
  • Intellectual property law
  • Anti-spam law
  • Regulatory requirements

As a LinkedIn user, you should at least be aware or understand them, along with the terms and conditions found therein.

Rule #2 – Provide Accurate Information on Your Profile

Make sure that the details you entered in your…

…are true, accurate, and updated.

Aside from avoiding getting restricted, it also helps in cementing your credibility and reputation within the professional community.

Rule #3 – Use Your Real Name on Your Profile

As stated earlier, false identities are not allowed on the platform.

So make sure that it’s your name indicated on your LinkedIn profile and not others.

Pro Tip: Don’t add special characters to your name or contact information.

Rule #4 – Use LinkedIn Professionally

Unlike other social media, LinkedIn is a platform meant for professionals and businesses alike.

Many business professionals are using it as a means for connecting and building relationships with each other.

It is not a dating site or a place to collect information about other people’s lives.

So, avoid:

  • Sending spam messages
  • Unprofessional direct messages
  • Unintended connection requests
  • Adding your connections to your email list without their express permission


“Prevention is always better than cure.”


So, it’s always better the guidelines and the terms set therein by LinkedIn on their User Agreement and their Professional Community Policies.

  • Compliance with the applicable laws
  • Provide accurate information on your profile
  • Use your real name on your profile.
  • Use LinkedIn professionally

Don’t let yourself land in the LinkedIn jail for simply not following the rules.

To recap, LinkedIn will restrict your account for the following common reasons:

  • Abusive/inappropriate activities or misconducts
  • Violations to LinkedIn’s rules and regulations

And depending on the degree of your violation, LinkedIn may:

  • Delete the abusive/inappropriate content
  • Suspend or temporarily restrict your account
  • Permanently restrict your account.

In case the worse comes to worst, then you’re aware of what you should do to get yourself out.

You can recover your account by:

  • Contacting the LinkedIn Support Team
  • Asking your network for help

Just remember to be mindful of your professional etiquette in your interactions.

  • Be professional
  • Be patient
  • Be concise and direct

Share this post with your friends as well, so they’ll be aware too.




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