The professional networking site LinkedIn (News - Alert) has publicly denied allegations that it hacked its users' e-mail accounts.
LinkedIn was founded in 2002, but didn’t launch until May of 2003. Back in June of 2013, LinkedIn reported more than 225 million users in more than 200 countries.
LinkedIn is available in 20 languages, including English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, Dutch, Swedish, Romanian, Russian, Turkish, Japanese, Czech, Polish, Korean, Indonesian, Malay and Tagalog.
The company has responded to a class action lawsuit that was recently filed by users. The company says that the accusations are baseless.
In a blog titled "Setting the Record Straight on False Accusations," LinkedIn’s senior director of litigation Blake Lawit wrote, “The accusations in the lawsuit complaint are not true. As you may have read recently, a class action lawsuit was filed against LinkedIn last week. The lawsuit alleges that we 'break into' the e-mail accounts of our members who choose to upload their e-mail address books to LinkedIn. Quite simply, this is not true, and with so much misinformation out there, we wanted to clear up a few things for our members."
Specifically, the lawsuit claims that LinkedIn enters into user e-mail accounts, impersonates its users and enables spamming.
"We do not access your e-mail account without your permission. Claims that we 'hack' or 'break into' members' accounts are false. We never deceive you by 'pretending to be you' in order to access your e-mail account. We never send messages or invitations to join LinkedIn on your behalf to anyone unless you have given us permission to do so," Lawit continued.
Lawit's statements did not touch on all of the plaintiff's complaints, however. According to a report from Bloomberg (News - Alert), one plaintiff complained that he unknowingly sent 200 messages to people through the website.
Lawit says that recent press reports are "misleading." He also reportedly told members that LinkedIn always had their best interests at heart. "As we've said before, our core value at Linkedin is Members First. This guides all the decisions that we make when it comes to our members, including how we communicate with them and how we use their data," he added.
"That's why we felt we needed to explain we believe that the claims in this lawsuit are without merit, and we wanted to correct the false accusations and misleading headlines.”
The class action lawsuit was filed in San Jose, Calif.'s U.S. District Court.
Edited by Alisen Downey