Developer Company Toptal Accuses LinkedIn Of ‘Extreme Sexism’ After It Pulled An Ad Featuring a Beautiful Argentinian Engineer (LNKD)

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Toptal Argentinian developer Florencia Antara in a rejected Toptal ad.

Toptal, a small developer networking platform, is accusing LinkedIn of perpetuating “extreme sexism within the tech community.”Why? The tech giant started rejecting Toptal’s ads for female engineers because “many LinkedIn members complained about the women images [it was] using.”
Toptal was told that if it planned to continue advertising on the site, it would have to kick the image of dark-haired, Argentinian web developer Florencia Antara to the curb in place of what LinkedIn described in an email as, “different images, related to the product.”
In a blog post titled “In Defense of Female Engineers,” CEO Taso Du Val made his disgust clear:

The fact of the matter is: members of the tech community (LinkedIn users) saw it as impossible that our female engineers could actually be engineers, and a leader of the tech community (LinkedIn) agreed with them. Unfortunately we’re banned from showing anything except 100%, all male software advertisements from now on and so, that’s what you’ll be getting. I’m disappointed both on a personal and professional level. I expect better.
It’s sick.

Du Val writes that he then tried to re-enable the disabled ads, which led to Toptal’s account getting banned from LinkedIn. It would only be reactivated if the ads, featuring the women, were changed.
After Toptal went public with claims of sexism, LinkedIn reinstated the ads.