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3 Things You Need To Know About Photo Tagging In Facebook

Tina Sieber 13-06-2012

photo tagging facebookWhen you are being tagged in a photo, the tag not only reveals that you are in the photo, it also links to your Facebook profile and, if done well, is positioned across your face. This means everyone who has access to the photo can see who you are and learn more about you via your profile. This can be fun, but it also raises privacy concerns.


This article provides an overview of who can tag what and how you can control tags to guard your privacy. The issues with Facebook tagging are summarized in this opinion article – Facebook Really Needs More Sophisticated Privacy Controls Facebook Really Needs More Sophisticated Privacy Controls [Opinion] Facebook have been under pressure in recent years from all angles to make privacy options simpler and quick to change. They've actually done quite well at this, considering how complicated the Facebook privacy system is... Read More . Facebook offers a comprehensive Tagging Guide that explains all options in detail.

1. You Can Tag Anyone’s Photos & Vice Versa

Tags can help adding depth and information to photos. For example you can tag the people who are in a photo or you can add a comment or even share where the photo was taken by adding a place tag. Not only can you tag your own photos, you can also tag the photos of others. Depending on their privacy settings, the tag will be published automatically or go into review. In any case, your name will be associated with the tag you added.

To add a tag, open the photo, hover with your mouse over it, and click the Tag Photo option at the bottom. Then click into the image and start typing. Your friends’ names will come up first and with a little delay pages will appear in the list. Select the desired item or hit enter to add what you typed as a tag. When you are finished, click Done Tagging at the bottom.

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Note that if you tag friends, they will receive a notification and your photo will be shown on their wall, unless they disabled this feature. When you tag people who are not your friends (and vice versa), they will be asked to review the tag.


2. Anyone Can Tag You In Photos

Likewise, anyone can tag you in their photos. When friends tag you, the default setting is that the tag is added and published automatically, without you having the option to review it first. The photo will also appear on your wall and depending on your privacy settings, people will be able to see it.

To control what happens when you or your content are tagged, go to your Privacy Settings and click Edit Settings next to Timeline and Tagging. Here you can turn on Review posts friends tag you in before they appear on your timeline and Review tags friends add to your own posts on Facebook. This means that whenever your name is added to a photo or whenever a friend tags your photos, you will be asked to review the tag and can decide to approve or deny it.

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Moreover, you can control Who sees tag suggestions when photos that look like you are uploaded. This is key because Facebook has a powerful face recognition software that will recognize you in new photos based on old photos your face was tagged in. If you do not ever want to be tagged automatically, set this to no one.


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By the way, you can avoid the facial recognition if you’re concerned about privacy How Facial Recognition Search Is Destroying Your Privacy Is facial recognition really part of a surveillance state and a form of oppression and control? Or is it more useful than that? Read More by asking your friends never to tag your face. Instead they can tag you above your head or on your body.

3. You Can Remove Your Tags Anywhere

You can remove all tags from your own photos and you can remove your own tag when people tagged their photos with your tag. To remove a tag you created, simply open the photo in question, hover over the tag you created in the list of tags on the right, and select Remove tag.

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To remove your tag (name) from a photo, open the respective photo, hover over it with the mouse, click Options at the bottom, and select Report/Remove Tag. Check the option to remove the tag created by your friend and click Continue. On the following page you can ask to have the tag removed, the photo taken down, or you can even block your friend. Read through the options carefully before making a decision.

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While being tagged in photos comes with privacy concerns, it can also make things easier for you. For example you can Download All Facebook Photos With Your Tag How To Download All Facebook Photos With Your Tag Read More or you can Tag Your Friends in Several Cool Ways 5 Cool Ways To Tag Your Friends In Facebook Read More .

For more tips and tricks around your Facebook privacy, have a look at this shorter articles ROUNDUP: 5 Must-Know Critical Facebook Privacy Tips ROUNDUP: 5 Must-Know Critical Facebook Privacy Tips MakeUseOf has published countless articles on Facebook privacy and security settings. Facebook continuously updates and changes privacy settings and options. For this post I have revisited previous stories to collect the best tips and and... Read More .


What do you think about the privacy options regarding photo tagging?

Related topics: Photo Album, Photo Sharing, Photography.

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  2. Hando
    November 1, 2016 at 3:43 am

    Jo of seine tags me on a photo, will my friends be able to see this photo
    I'm tagged in on their newsfeed, even before I get the notification on whether I want to hide it from my timeline?

  3. Anonymous
    October 1, 2015 at 2:46 am

    When I try to tag a person who is not on Facebook, it often automatically links to someone with a similar name who IS on Facebook. That may be one reason people get tag requests from those they do not know.
    Question: I want to tag someone called Mike Compton. When I write in his name, Facebook links it to a current Mike Compton whom I do not know. How to get around this?

  4. samantha
    May 18, 2015 at 9:53 pm

    What happens when you get asked by someone that whants to tag your photo

  5. Anonymous
    November 6, 2012 at 11:25 pm

    thanks.. you really helped me out I had a tagging issue on a family tree album and learning how to correct it really helped saved me creating ANOTHER issue!

  6. mellah
    October 28, 2012 at 7:01 pm

    all of a sudden I can't tag any of my own photos! what's going on?

  7. smiles
    October 17, 2012 at 5:12 am

    if im on facebook and i message a friend and send him/her a video and its pocessing to download and i stop it from downloding can anyone see it ??or can the owner of if im on facebook and i message a friend and send him/her a video and its pocessing to download and i stop it from downloding can anyone see it ??or can the owner of facebook see the video or hackers or anyone?? see the video or hackers or anyone??

    • Tina
      October 18, 2012 at 7:12 pm


      What exactly are you asking? Did you start sending the wrong video? I don't think anyone will see it if you interrupted the upload/download before it finished.

  8. smiles
    October 17, 2012 at 5:10 am

    if im on facebook and i message a friend and send him/her a video and its pocessing to download and i stop it from downloding can anyone see it ??or can the owner of facebook see the video or hackers or anyone??

  9. yen
    October 13, 2012 at 5:42 am

    i just have one question that i cant find an answer to on the internet..
    a person that isn't my friend nor is my friends' friend just commented on my photo and there isn't even a tag on that photo (its an ultrasound of my baby). the only thing we have in common is where we went to in high school.
    now im very careful so my settings are all in friends only, and i've double checked.
    this freaked me out. please help. thanks!

    • Tina
      October 18, 2012 at 7:11 pm


      You can select privacy settings for each photo you upload. What are the settings for this particular photo? Open the photo from the album and change the settings via the menu on the right. It probably was public and someone happened to find it. I have no idea how someone would randomly find it, but maybe they searched for a keyword you used to describe it.

  10. TutorPrep
    September 20, 2012 at 10:56 am

    When I try to tag a person who is not on Facebook, it often automatically links to someone with a similar name who IS on Facebook. That may be one reason people get tag requests from those they do not know.

    Question: I want to tag my deceased uncle Joe Jones. When I write in his name, Facebook links it to a current Joe Jones whom I do not know. How to get around this?

    • Tina
      September 20, 2012 at 3:45 pm

      Do you have to accept the link to a name? Just don't pick it and continue writing. You shouldn't be forced to link to a name.

      • Steve
        January 1, 2016 at 10:56 pm

        We are being forced to link to a name. It highlights the name of someone else and you cannot clear it. If i just want to name my dog, "Rex", other people with the name Rex shows up and always someone is highlighted. I try to add another letter to no avail. I still have to choose someone or just not name the person in the pic.

  11. Elliander
    September 16, 2012 at 4:12 pm

    Spammers get around this by tagging people in comments on the pictures instead of the picture itself. I wish I had the right to delete other people's comments on other people's walls that say nothing more than my name.

  12. Manuel shonty
    July 9, 2012 at 5:35 pm

    I really lyk dat.

  13. Rose Orchard
    June 21, 2012 at 7:32 am

    One thing I really dislike is people tagging you in a photo they want you to see, just upload the photo and send me a message with the link in! The majority of photos I'm tagged in are "funnies" or "awesomes" that people just want me to look at.

  14. Munish Gupta
    June 21, 2012 at 5:43 am

    I specially hate all those junk apps that auto tag friends of the person using it.

  15. larrypmNL
    June 20, 2012 at 3:02 pm

    Thanks for the info. Quite helpful.

  16. Saurabh Kumar
    June 20, 2012 at 11:46 am

    tagging is good but upto a limit not by a stranger.....
    thanks for the information

  17. Kim Paula Guess
    June 20, 2012 at 8:18 am

    I have been spammed with lot of tags lately. This is a great thing to know.

  18. Galvin Baybay
    June 19, 2012 at 4:49 pm

    thanks for the information. Just use facebook safely. Don't accept people you don't know.. :)

  19. abdul fahad
    June 19, 2012 at 12:58 pm

    i love tagging

  20. Mark Wicker
    June 19, 2012 at 4:41 am

    yeah that is annoying... the 65 person tagged photo!!! and you are in it

  21. Cap10skid
    June 19, 2012 at 2:14 am

    Come to think of it I find it very instersting with Taging people nad friends around me....

  22. Vignesh Varadarajan
    June 18, 2012 at 10:21 am

    yup i got it now. Need to fix my tags.

  23. Jack Jenkins
    June 15, 2012 at 6:54 pm

    Informative for people that no nothing about Facebook, this is all explained to you as you pick these features up.

    I'm tired with the scaremongering - tagging is a useful tool for photos, I like the fact that I can instantly scroll through a history of phoots that I've been tagged in.

    To the delusional person that said "tagging should not be allowed", who are you to say what people can and can't do (if it doesn't involved you?!).

    Anyone can opt in or opt out of this by editing their privacy settings, simple as.

    Now that the internet, smartphones and social media are all mainstream, people should stop playing the ignorance card and learn to read about some of the services they use for a better understanding (like this article, hey we've come full circle).

    • Tina
      June 15, 2012 at 9:38 pm

      Thanks for the balanced comment, Jack.

      Tagging is definitely useful and fun for most people. Interestingly, those that worry most about privacy also struggle most with the available settings.

      • Jack Jenkins
        June 16, 2012 at 2:18 am

        :). I think you're right there. Sorry if my tone was a bit harsh, this is useful info for people that haven't read into it or don't know what they've got themselves into :p,

        Re: Your original questions, I happen to think the privacy options are "good", but could be improved with some more advanced options. Privacy used to be pretty poor as far as I can remember.

        You've pretty much covered it, but if anyone wants to know more about tagging then take a look at Facebook's help centre:

  24. farnaz
    June 15, 2012 at 7:49 am

    Really useful materials. I personally don't mind to be tagged and even enjoy it, since I rarely carry out any camera so don't have that much photo by myself. but more interestingly, It's a while that I want to download all photos i'm tagged in, now I know how to do it :)

    • Tina
      June 15, 2012 at 9:54 am

      Happy to hear you found something useful, Farnaz! :)

  25. Krzysztof Buzko
    June 14, 2012 at 8:53 pm

    Photo tagging isn't bad. But people should use it carefully, and they don't. It's a good thing that you can remove tag. In my opinion there should be a setting if we agree to be tagged (by everyone, by friends, disagree)

  26. Yudono Ra
    June 14, 2012 at 3:37 pm

    i rarely tag people, even about some events

  27. Ashwin Divakaran
    June 14, 2012 at 11:17 am

    I disagree with this one tagging just got more buggy

  28. Glenda
    June 14, 2012 at 4:32 am

    tagging should not be allowed.

    • Biwas Paudel
      June 18, 2012 at 2:07 am

      that is right

    • Anonymous
      November 6, 2012 at 11:26 pm

      Tagging is nice for photo albums and stuff so people know who's who. It really helps rather than having to look back and forth for who is where in a photo with lots of people. If you don't want to be tagged can't you just set your privacy settings not to allow it or did they change that?

  29. Terafall
    June 14, 2012 at 1:28 am

    Sometimes I hate it when stranger tag me in a pic that have nothing to do with me

    • Tanguy Djokovic
      June 14, 2012 at 10:24 pm

      yeah I agree with you, and many time it's on a crappy philosophical picture that no one likes

    • Ruben Marrero
      August 29, 2012 at 4:27 pm