By Gerry Shih and Himank Sharma
Looks like social media users are getting twitchy about their online privacy rights.
The chain message — which contained step-by-step instructions on how to opt out of this supposed new policy — took on a life of its own, ricocheting across Twitter and spawning numerous discussion and email threads. It suggested LinkedIn had given itself the right to use personal information and photos in ads — without notification .
The catch is, LinkedIn had indeed made the changes last year — only to partially roll them back after users complained.
“Without attracting too much publicity, LinkedIn has updated their privacy conditions,” the message read. “Without any action from your side, LinkedIn is now permitted to use your name and picture in any of their advertisements.“