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Woman Horrified As She's Inundated With Creepy LinkedIn Messages In 'Cleavage Experiment'

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Woman Horrified As She's Inundated With Creepy LinkedIn Messages In 'Cleavage Experiment'

A woman has slammed LinkedIn for allowing a stream of sleazy messages to reach her after she deliberately shared a photo showing slight cleavage in a social 'experiment'.

Businesswoman Maddy Alexander-Gout, 38, admitted the photo was a pre-conceived 'test' in order to highlight the issue of sexual harassment on the professional networking app.

Some users even spent money on the app in order to send her creepy messages regarding the photo.

Maddy shared this photo on her networking profile. [Credit: Kennedy News and Media]
Maddy shared this photo on her networking profile. [Credit: Kennedy News and Media]
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Maddy snapped the selfie on Sunday (14th November) night, before sharing it on the professional platform. She was wearing a fairly low-cut top, and users could see partial cleavage.

She posted the photo under the guise of marking a milestone for her parenting advice app.

In just 24 hours, the app creator's following increased by a shocking 150 people. She stated that the men following her had nothing to do with the field she was in.

She started to receive creepy messages from men outside her field. [Credit: Kennedy News and Media]
She started to receive creepy messages from men outside her field. [Credit: Kennedy News and Media]
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"There were loads of men saying 'hi, I really want to connect', 'hi lovely', 'hi babe', things like that," she said.

One DM-slider even went as far as to open with "massive t**s". Maddy confessed that she found the message "really gross", and blocked straight afterwards.

"It's supposed to be a professional platform so they're completely inappropriate [...] on LinkedIn when you're there to do business it's much worse", she said.

Maddy founded a parenting advice app. [Credit: Kennedy News and Media]
Maddy founded a parenting advice app. [Credit: Kennedy News and Media]
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Maddy also made a statement about the nature of her selfie. "It's not even that much. It's a tiny bit of cleavage. It's not like I've got full on nipple tassels on".

The post has now been viewed a striking 13,000 times, according to the Southampton-based businesswoman herself.

A spokesperson for LinkedIn has responded to Maddy's story.

LinkedIn have responded to the businesswoman's complaints. [Credit: Kennedy News and Media]
LinkedIn have responded to the businesswoman's complaints. [Credit: Kennedy News and Media]
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"Maddy, thank you for speaking up about this, and we are so sorry you experienced this on our platform.

"As a professional network, our members rightly expect their experience on LinkedIn to be professional in nature.

"Harassment, unwanted romantic advances, or inappropriate messages are unacceptable in any context and are a violation of the LinkedIn Professional Community Policies".

"Inappropriate messages are unacceptable" the networking giant says. [Credit: Alamy]
"Inappropriate messages are unacceptable" the networking giant says. [Credit: Alamy]
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"We work hard to ensure our members feel safe on our platform. It is your right, and it's our job to keep you safe.

"We've sent you an InMail to get some more information about your experience and to take a closer look."

Featured Image Credit: Kennedy News and Media

Topics: News

Hannah Van-de-Peer
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