Facebook tightens controls on attaching names to photos, requires users’ approval
(Barbara Ortutay, A.P. TBN, 8/24/11, B-8)
In a recent social media development, Facebook decided to allow its users to decide whether their friends can attach your name to a photo before it is circulated. Previously, friends could add your name to a photo on Facebook without your consent or knowledge. You were able to remove it later, but only after many other may have seen embarrassing shots. Now, you can insist on pre-approval.
Your friends can still add a photo of you, only whether your name is attached to it, thus making it more difficult for people to find a potentially embarrassing in a search.
As a result of user requests preapproving photo tags was the most requested change. The pre-approval process also applies to written posts that others tag friends in. In addition, the option is also included for pre-approving what others tag on your own photos and posts.
Other privacy oriented changes Facebook has made include how users can control what they are sharing in an effort to make the process simpler. In effect, the change makes it easier for people to share what they want, every time (they) post.
Several examples of changes are:
- Privacy controls will be on users’ profile pages, next to the information they share, such as music they like or the schools they went to. Previously, most of these controls were located several clicks away on an “account settings” page.
- Instead of calling public posts visible to “everyone,” Facebook will simply call these “public.”
- A feature called “view profile as” has become more prominent. This lets you type in the name of another Facebook user to see how your profile looks to that person, e.g., if you hide your photos and favorite music from some of your Facebook friends, this content won’t show up if you view your profile as one of them.
- Facebook is making it easier to share posts with specific groups of people. A dropdown menu next to each post you make will let you select “public,” “friends” or a “custom” audience.
- You can tag anyone on Facebook, even if you are not friends with them, but they will have to approve your request to tag.