LinkedIn automatically opts in users' names, photos in online ads
Facebook is currently taking some heat this week as unrest surfaced again over copying phone numbers from users’ phones. Now another social network is in the firing line from users over a slightly different new feature.
LinkedIn had added a new function dubbed as “social advertising,” in which a user’s name and photo has the potential of popping up in third-party advertising anywhere on the professional social network.
Here’s a copy of the full message LinkedIn is offering to users:
However, it’s doubtful that most users ever read the privacy policies word-for-word about anything they sign up for, and LinkedIn didn’t make a big announcement on the home page or via email about this either.
Of course, why would it want to? Social networks (especially Facebook) have the habit of just automatically signing users up for features without asking, which might be infuriating, but if you don’t like it, you always have the option of canceling your account.
If you are a LinkedIn member and you want to turn this feature off, it’s actually not difficult. Just follow the following steps.
- Log into LinkedIn
- Click on the Settings link under the drop down menu with your name in the top right corner
- On the bottom left, click Account
- Under Privacy Controls, click “Manage Social Advertising”
- Unclick the box and hit Save