LinkedIn Sending Out ‘Connections in the News’ Emails?

Some LinkedIn users are receiving emails alerting them when their connections have been mentioned in the news.

Some LinkedIn users are receiving emails alerting them when their connections have been mentioned in the news.

Reader Matteo Gamba of TransferWise shared the screenshot below of the “Connections in the News” email he received from LinkedIn.

There are no references to Connections in the News in the LinkedIn Help Center, but automated feature Mentioned in the News is described as follows:

Mentioned in the News is an automated feature that looks for online news articles and matches names in these articles to LinkedIn members. We don’t yet have any member controls to generate your own Mentioned in the News entries.

An algorithm determines whether a news item mentioning a common name like John Smith is about your friend John Smith or a different John Smith. While this algorithm is good, it’s not perfect. It’s a good idea to check that the person or organization in an article is the same person or organization you’re following. If you see any news item associated with the wrong person or organization (or any offensive or inappropriate content in a news item), please report it by clicking the Wrong Person or Wrong Organization flag.

The Help Center entry also mentioned that LinkedIn users can adjust their privacy settings if they don’t want connections and followers to know when they are mentioned in the news.

LinkedIn users: Have you received any similar emails?

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