No, LinkedIn messages are not visible to everyone by default. LinkedIn messages are private conversations between the sender and the recipient. Only those involved in the conversation can view the messages.
Who can see your LinkedIn messages?
There are only a few parties who can view your LinkedIn messages:
- You – You can view all the messages you have sent and received.
- The recipient – The person you sent the message to can see it in their inbox.
- LinkedIn – LinkedIn employees may review messages as part of moderation efforts or if required by law.
In most cases, your messages remain private between you and the other person. However, there are some exceptions where your messages may become visible to others:
If you send a message to someone who has a public profile on LinkedIn, that message may be briefly visible on their profile to others until they respond. Once a response is sent, the conversation becomes private again.
If you and the recipient have shared LinkedIn connections, those connections may see that you have messaged each other, but not the content of the messages.
If you apply for a job through LinkedIn, the recruiter for that job will be able to see any messages you exchange with them related to that application.
Protecting your message privacy
While LinkedIn messages are designed to be private, there are a few things you can do to further protect your privacy:
- Be cautious about messaging those with public profiles, as your initial message may be briefly visible.
- If you want to ensure privacy, only message people you are connected with.
- Avoid sharing sensitive or confidential information in messages.
- Use LinkedIn’s reporting tools if someone violates your privacy.
When are LinkedIn messages monitored?
LinkedIn will access and review user messages in the following situations:
If required by law enforcement through a subpoena or court order, LinkedIn will provide access to user messages.
Terms of Service violations
LinkedIn scans messages and content for any violations of their Terms of Service, Community Guidelines, and Professional Community Policies. Violating content may be removed and accounts suspended or terminated.
LinkedIn may analyze message data in aggregate to improve their products and services. However, they claim not to read individual message content for this purpose.
In situations where someone’s safety is at risk, such as threats of self-harm, LinkedIn may review messages related to the issue.
Managing your message privacy settings
While you can’t make your LinkedIn messages completely private from LinkedIn itself, you can manage some privacy settings related to messages:
- Profile visibility – Make your profile private so messages are not publicly visible.
- Sharing profile edits – Disable sharing notifications about your profile edits.
- Improving ads – Opt out of allowing LinkedIn to use your data to improve ads.
- Blocking – Block unwanted messages from certain members.
These settings can help minimize visibility and give you more control over who can message you on LinkedIn.
Best practices for LinkedIn messaging privacy
To keep your LinkedIn messages as private as possible, follow these best practices:
- Only message people you know and trust, especially for sensitive matters.
- Be wary of messaging those with public profiles.
- Use LinkedIn’s blocking tools to stop unwanted messages.
- Refrain from sharing confidential information over messages.
- Report privacy violations using LinkedIn’s reporting feature.
- Review your privacy settings and opt out of non-essential data usage.
- Never share your LinkedIn login credentials with anyone.
- Add Two-factor authentication for your LinkedIn account.
What LinkedIn messages are for
LinkedIn messages are intended for professional networking and communication. Some appropriate uses of LinkedIn messaging include:
- Following up after connecting with someone.
- Communicating about job opportunities.
- Connecting with business contacts and clients.
- Asking work-related questions.
- Establishing rapport with your network.
As long as you use LinkedIn messages for productive professional communication, you can feel confident keeping your conversations private. Avoid sending anything via LinkedIn message that you wouldn’t want an employer or colleague to potentially see.
- LinkedIn messages are private between the sender and recipient by default.
- You have options like blocking and reporting to manage unwanted messages.
- Keep conversations professional and avoid sharing sensitive info over messages.
- Review your privacy settings to minimize visibility of your profile and activity.
- LinkedIn may access messages if legally required or violating their policies.
- Practice caution when messaging members with public profiles or shared connections.