Yesterday I read an article about this rumor... today, it is true for me at least.
I came across few people who are in my groups; however I can not send them a message through regular account. It is asking me to InMail. I do have a LinkedIn Recruiter account as well. I can easily send them a direct message through that account.
I've tried this on several profiles and stands the same. Can anyone verify if it is happening for them as well?
I am attaching screen-shots for reference.
I wrote to Customer Service about this. Here is their answer:
The ability to send messages to shared group members hasn’t gone away, but we did remove the link from the profile. The option to send messages to shared group members allows you to take a group conversation and move it to a private one. You can still send a private message from within the group if you:
1. Move your cursor over the member’s name on the “Members” page and click the “send message” link.
2. Click “reply privately” under the member’s comment within a group discussion.
If you want to send a message to someone outside your network, send an invitation to connect or click on the "Send InMail" link on the member's profile.