LinkedIn’s previous user agreement prohibited users from taking part in “unlawful” activities which, of course, didn’t sufficiently cover countries like Australia where it is not unlawful to be a prostitute or an escort.
Now, however, LinkedIn has closed the loophole to stop advertising or promotion of sex services on its global network, regardless of whether those services are, in fact, lawful.
The new user agreement says that you must not: "Create profiles or provide content that promotes escort services or prostitution even if prostitution is legal where you live.”
Of course, it would be interesting to see if a sex worker, or anyone else involved in the sex industry, in a country like Australia where prostitution is legal, decided to challenge LinkedIn’s ban on the basis of discrimination.
We suspect, however, that LinkedIn’s lawyers have that covered, too, after all there’s not much that hasn’t been tried in the way of litigation in the world’s largest consumer market for everything, including sex services.