LinkedIn has been criticized for a lack of transparency about how it tracks and reports how many of its employees are active on its platform.
Last month, the company announced that it was shutting down its “People” section, a feature that let people check out the profiles of other LinkedIn members and add them to their lists.
The move was meant to address an increasing number of people who were unhappy with the way that people were listed on the platform.
LinkedIn users can now report problems with their profiles by clicking “Report.”
However, it’s unclear how the company will ensure that the report actually makes a difference in the rankings of the profiles that users add to their profiles.
That lack of accountability could lead to users being unfairly penalized, according to a report from TechCrunch.
“It’s not clear that the People section has much of a way to monitor how many people are actively using it, or whether that data is kept private, or if it even exists,” said Sam Tewksbury, an associate professor at the School of Engineering and Applied Science at the University of California, Berkeley.
Tewmsbury said that LinkedIn is currently “in the process of working to fix the issues we’ve seen.”
LinkedIn has already begun working on improving its “Rankings, Tools and Privacy” section.
However, he added that the company has yet to offer any details about how the privacy and reporting requirements will be implemented.
“As the platform has evolved, we’ve tried to keep it as simple as possible,” Tewsssbury said.
“We have a team of experts who are working hard to help us improve our reporting tools and privacy practices, and we’re looking forward to releasing more details on those efforts in the coming months.”
For now, the report found that LinkedIn users have a “significant bias” in how the site’s algorithm ranks their profile information.
A “significant number” of LinkedIn users had a “false positive” for their profile in the past year, and “an additional significant number” were “somewhat negative.”
“A large portion of LinkedIn’s users have very high levels of negative ratings,” Tewssbury told Business Insider.
“People who report a ‘negative’ rating are more likely to be seen as low quality, which means they are not likely to get the same opportunities to gain the trust of their LinkedIn connections as people who report positive ratings.”
In the past, the site has had some serious privacy issues.
Last year, the service revealed that it had been collecting users’ data for over a year, even when it was supposed to be deleting the data.
LinkedIn said it had no way of knowing who was accessing the information.
The company said it was working to improve its privacy practices in an effort to better protect the privacy of its users.