NEW YORK, Aug. 13, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Hitler fans, Klansmen, sex workers, and drug dealers are looking to find homes on LinkedIn. They're just not doing a good job of it.
Internet Evolution editor in chief Mitch Wagner looks at the dark side of LinkedIn in a special report: "Hate Groups & Hitler-Lovers Seek Homes on LinkedIn"
(http://www.internetevolution.com/author.asp?section_id=466&doc_id=266643). Despite LinkedIn's efforts to police its service, Internet Evolution had no problem locating groups with names including "Hitler Lover" and "United Klans of America," groups selling oxycontin and other drugs, and offers of nude massage and virtual girls. The good news: The groups were small, with fewer than two dozen members.
"We took a humorous approach with this story, but extremist groups are serious business," says Wagner. "As a representative of the Anti-Defamation League told us, extremist groups have been responsible for hundreds of murders in the US over the past 10 years, including the murder of six people at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin a year ago this month. Hate groups frequently use social media to spread ‒ although they've had limited success, at best, on LinkedIn."
Internet Evolution (www.InternetEvolution.com) is the leading online community where CIOs and business technology leaders discuss the future of the Internet. It features blogs, message boards, leadership reports, video blogs, online classes, webinars, and more. Internet Evolution is published by UBM DeusM (www.deusm.com), the marketing services division of UBM, specializing in building and operating highly engaged communities of qualified users within specialist B2B markets using a strategy of best-practices focused on content and technology.
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