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Your answer is helpful. I am a writer, and I won a national award under my pen name. This is one reason why I don't want to use my real name. I want to mention on LinkedIn that I won the award, but it would seem odd to have myself listed with my real name as the winner. I am a private person and simply do not want the source of my identity known in my writings or my work. I don't even use my real name on Just Answer. I am trying to remain private, and with all the internet privacy issues and infringements going on, I don't think that is unreasonable. I was victimized in the past by e-mail spoofing, and spyware. I don't like it.
But in no way am I trying to hide my identity legally. Any business dealings and invoices would be billed via PayPal, which always is processed under my real name. So, if I want to use my pen name on LinkedIn for professional purposes and still use my real name for but only billing clients, is that ok?
Thanks again! I will rate after your reply.
In my opinion, your contemplated activity does not violate the Linkedin terms of service. However, I am not the vendor, and it has absolute authority to interpret its own terms and conditions. The point is that the only means by which you can avoid having your account terminated for a violation of the terms of service is: (1) obtain preapproval from Linkedin; or (2) don't get caught.
For customer service purposes, please let me know if my answer is helpful.
Thanks in advance.
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