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LinkedIn says no to prostitutes

Who'd have thought that the web would begin turning away prostitutes? That's exactly what professional business network LinkedIn has done with a recent update to its user agreement terms.

The site welcomes users from a variety of professions, just not the oldest one, it seems. This week, LinkedIn added a clause to its user terms that bans working escorts and prostitutes.

"Even if it is legal where you are located, [users cannot] create profiles or provide content that promotes escort services or prostitution," say the terms.

LinkedIn did not immediately respond to our request for comment, but a spokesman told Forbes that the site "has always prohibited these kinds of profiles." It just didn't make that clear enough; the old agreement simply included anything "unlawful." But since prostitution is in fact legal in some areas where LinkedIn operates, the social network had to be a little more explicit.

Following the update, Business Insider stumbled upon one profile that doesn't exactly fit the new user agreement bill. The unnamed user is listed as a "Personal fitness trainer/Masseur/Escort at Urban Fitness & Massage Services" in San Diego, California. His specialities include "ALL NUDE, full-body massages, prostate massages, friendly/discreet services."

A quick LinkedIn search for that user's profile provided no results, but it's unclear if the site removed said profile, or if it was simply tweaked by the user.

In March, LinkedIn celebrated a milestone 1 billion endorsements, which were first rolled out in the fall to allow users to vouch for another member's proficiency in certain skills like business development, project management, or blogging. Or prostitution, which remains on the site as an endorsable skill.