It used to be when someone said “Facebook” – people instantly thought of “status updates”. Or that trademark blue color. Or funny pictures from your friends.
But these days, the latest news headlines have a lot of folks instead thinking words like “invasive” and “no privacy”.
I’ve said it before but I’ll repeat it here. The only way to truly remain private on Facebook…is to not be on it at all. That’s not just true of Facebook, that’s true of all things Internet. You just never know where your photo might one day show up, so if you don’t want it everywhere – don’t post it ANYwhere.
Okay, fine. But what to do when someone posts a photo of you on Facebook? And – what if they tag you? Even worse, what if it’s a horrible photo that you never want any of your friends, parents and prospective employers (trust me, they ARE looking) to see on your profile?
Because, it’s a law of nature that every time you do something stupid, somebody’s going to take a picture of it. And social media makes it possible for that picture to be in the hands of millions in hours…
But you can do something about it! (That is, after you yell at your tag-happy buddy.) You can untag yourself and then you can even set your profile to be ‘untaggable’ from then on. Here’s how:
- Once you are logged into Facebook, click on your Profile page by clicking the little picture of you and your name to the right of the Facebook search bar
- Once there, choose the photos button below your cover image:
Or scroll down looking at the right side of your screen. Look for a box that’s titled “PHOTOS” then click on the word PHOTOS
- Locate the ‘offending photo” and click on the pencil that appears in its upper right corner when you hover over it.
- In the dropdown box that appears, choose the Report/Remove Tag option
- In the box that appears click the box for I want to untag myself. You can also request to have this photo removed from Facebook if it’s inappropriate.
Click Continue and presto! No more photo tag.
Action Step: I recommend you check your images at least once a month to make sure that you’re happy with the images you’re tagged in.
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