LinkedIn Changes may keep Lawyers from Running Afoul of the Florida Advertising Rules

Representatives from LinkedIn met with Florida Bar officials last month and outlined changes to the social media site that should help allay concerns raised by the Board of Governors and the Standing Committee on Advertising. Lawyers now have the ability to alter the heading under which they list their practice areas. This new feature allows users to remove the heading “Specialties”; however, the change is not automatic for existing users, so they must go on their page and choose to remove the heading. LinkedIn also informed the Bar that it is continuing to work on removing another controversial heading on the website, “expertise,” and possibly allowing users to remove individual endorsements.

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