Have You Unchecked The “Box”? How LinkedIn Is Using Your Name And Photo

Every update on various beloved social media platforms such as Facebook, Linkedin, and Twitter is full of “favors” that we may or may not want. We often don’t realize them, until someone has sleuthed around in the respective privacy and account settings, uncovering what new treasure has been buried inside.

Recently, LinkedIn has enabled a default setting which allows our names and photos to be used for third-party advertising. Yay! Just what you’ve always wanted? No? Want to get rid of it? No worries, NEXT has uncovered the step-by-step.

  1.     First: login, and click on your name on the upper right hand corner. When the drop down menu descends, choose “Settings”.
  2.     Once you’re in settings, choose “Account”.
  3.     In the column adjacent to account, you’ll see a new shiny link, click “Manage Social Advertising.”
  4.     Make sure to un-check the box “LinkedIn may use my name, photo in social advertising.”

Now that you’ve tackled that, you may want to check out the other default settings which were automatically selected with this update. Check out your e-mail preferences and you might also poke around in your “Companies & Applications” section. These control some aspects of your data sharing with third-party applications.


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