Social Sites Shouldn’t Throw Privacy out the Window

If you were on Twitter at all yesterday, chances are you caught the ongoing discussion that was taking place — the issue of social media privacy is again in the hot seat. Last month, LinkedIn made changes to their privacy policy that allows third parties to use a user’s name and photo in ads unless you opt out of a default setting. In addition to this news, social networking site Facebook is being scrutinized for their facial recognition software used for tagging photos. Reports indicate that the software has the capability to automatically tag people in photos. Now I know this is all enough to make your head spin, but try to hold your ground for a minute longer while we look into this a bit further.

First things first: Facebook. The previous study mentioned was conducted at Carnegie Mellon University and the end results show that “Facebook has essentially become a worldwide photo identification database”, according to Forbes Magazine. This isn’t news to anyone, but the capabilities of the facial recognition software is. You can stay worry-free for the time being because researchers say they won’t be releasing this software to others.

Now for something YOU can control. The new LinkedIn settings automatically opt you in for data sharing with third parties and social ads, but thankfully, you can opt out. Here’s how:

To opt out of “social advertising:”

1. Click on your name in the upper right corner. Select “settings” from the drop-down menu.

2. Click on “account.”

3. Click on “manage social advertising.”

4. Uncheck the box next to “LinkedIn may use my name, photo in social                                 advertising” and click “save.”

As everyday users of social media, Abstrakt understands that it’s important to stay up-to-date with social media policy changes and top news. Check back soon for more social media news!