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LinkedIn Using Demographics to Artificially Promote Users

October 22, 2021

I logged into LinkedIn and was greeted with this. They want to “improve equal access and opportunity” by asking me demographic questions. There is only one possible way to use such demographic data: to modify algorithms to artificially promote some people and demote others based on demographics. There is nothing “equal” about that kind of behavior.

I am a firm believer in promotion based on merit. Anything other than merit-based promotion is demoralizing, degrading, and unfair those who are intelligent and who have worked hard to achieve accomplishments.

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Paul E. Jones

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