Tagging people in Facebook photos can add a lot of interest and fun for you and your friends. The act of tagging sends the photo to the identified person's wall too, allowing it to be seen by all of their friends, friends of friends, etc. The more people tagged, the more walls the post or image will appear on. But how much fun would it be if someone tagged you in a really offensive photo that you weren't even in?
A couple of weeks ago I was browsing my Facebook page, scrolling down through a wide variety of updates related to kids, dinner, music videos and, of course, the daily inspirational quotes and affirmations, etc. when I landed on a really gross picture. Not being a person who experiences the queasy feeling very often, you'll have to trust that this picture was exceptionally offensive. How did it land in my newsfeed? Somebody tagged one of my friends who wasn't even in the picture.
Turns out, without even realizing it, I managed to make the matter worse by placing a comment on the picture with the intent to notify both the tagger and friend how offensive I thought it was. My comment then appeared in the Facebook news ticker. Imagine my surprise and dismay when that same gross photo landed in my newsfeed again when another friend shared it from the news ticker.
I think it's really rude when people post intentionally offensive material online. And more outrageous is tagging people who are unaware it's even happening. In the virtual world - do you know who your friends really are? Honestly - all 600+ of them? Can you trust that none of them will cause you harm and embarassment? You might want to reconsider the Timeline and Tagging options in your Facebook Privacy Settings. If my experience doesn't convince you, maybe this will:
Excerpt from Facebook FAQ's regarding tagging:
Please keep in mind that the person who uploaded a photo chooses the audience for that photo. If other people are able to view photos you are tagged in, then it is because the owner of the photos has most likely set the privacy of the photo album so that everyone can see the photos in it. While there is the option to block people from viewing the "Photos of" section on your own profile (timeline), there is no way to restrict the visibility of a photo that you didn't upload.
Click here to read the entire Privacy for Tagged Photos information.
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