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LinkedIn using your picture to advertise products (social advertising)

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Summary:

LinkedIn may now use your picture to advertise other products.  Change privacy settings if you don’t like this.

Details:

LinkedIn is doing “social advertising”, which means that they can use your picture in LinkedIn ads that are shown to your connections to advertise products that you might not endorse.  Your connections may be misled and think you endorse them, depending on how savvy they are.  (Facebook did this at one point, and most people hated it).

LinkedIn was probably using my picture to “get attention from the ladies”.

Here’s how you stop it:

  1. Hover your cursor over your name in the upper right hand corner of your LinkedIn page
  2. Click Settings
  3. In the lower left, click “Account”
  4. In the top middle, click “Manage Social Advertising”
  5. Uncheck and Save

Call LinkedIn and offer to sell the use of your picture for $500,000 per year, as I did.

Still waiting.

Do you care if they use your picture?

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