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Users can turn off LinkedInâ€™s ability to use your name or photo in advertising by following these steps:
1. Click on your name on your LinkedIn homepage (upper right corner). On the drop-down menu, select â€œSettingsâ€.
2. From the â€œSettingsâ€ page, select â€œAccountâ€.
3. In the column next to â€œAccountâ€, click â€œManage Social Advertisingâ€.
4. De-select the box next to â€œLinkedIn may use my name, photo in social advertisingâ€.
This was an interesting move by LinkedIn. Â I treat my LinkedIn profile seriously because it is a view of my professional life. Â I have my CV on there, as well as using it for keeping track of business contacts. Â LinkedIn is not for friends, it is for my professional life. Â I donâ€™t want potential partners or customers seeing that I endorse something that I donâ€™t approve of.
I am glad LinkedIn acted quickly today to remove this functionality, but the bait and switch of privacy among social networks is tricky. Â I dealt with this a bunch when I worked on AIM, and for the most part aired on the side of caution, but we definitely had our own versions of this happen to us.