Update 09/12/11: Facebook’s privacy settings do not stop my friends tagging people in my photos. In fact friends of friends are now able to comment, even though I am not their Facebook friend. This is happening, regardless of photo privacy being set to “friends only”. Your friends can tag you, so you have little or no control on people you don’t know (friends of friends) commenting on a tagged photo. I’d suggest you use the “Tag review of tags that friends want to add to your posts” function from Privacy settings > How tags work.
Facebook plans to move the privacy settings page to the main profile page (rather than several clicks away and making it complicated for users), right beside the posts, photos and tags they affect. Integrating and streamlining the privacy settings with the content will make it much easier for Facebook users to control who sees what and what others can say/tag about you.
One of the major changes is when someone tags you in a post, such as photo or video, the person being tagged will have the option to confirm or remove their identity before it appears on that persons profile. This will stop the cyberbullies from tagging people to inappropriate images and content about you.
Facebook will be rolling out this feature improvement on August 25th. You will see a prompt on your homepage that will take you through a tour of the new features and how you can use them. Here are the privacy changes Facebook will be introducing this week.
- View Profile As… – this is now visible on the top of your profile for easy access – users will be pleased about this improvement
- In line controls – each item on a user’s wall has individual privacy options, such as public, friends and custom. The audience label will automatically update to show that the person tagged and their friends can see the post
- Content Tag Review – you will be able to review and approve or reject any tag someone tries to add to your photos and posts
- Universal tagging – users can tag anyone, not just Facebook friends. Other person can choose not to accept the tagged post on their profile – What Would You Like To Do?
- Location tagging in posts – geographic locations can be added in all versions of Facebook, not just mobile app (Facebook is phasing out the mobile-only Places feature). You can also choose not to add a location from here too.
- Profile Tag Review – you can approve or reject any photo or post you are tagged in before it’s visible to anyone else on your profile
Worth noting, there will be no unexpected changes to users’ privacy settings and existing users will retain their current default sharing settings. The default setting for someone sharing content for the first time will defaulted to “public”, which replaces the “everyone” setting. Whatever option the users selects will become their default option. This is much more simplified.
Facebook though, faces difficult challenges. With one hand they want to protect (and are being forced too by privacy advocates and the US Govt) your online privacy (by providing more privacy control) while with the other hand they want people to share, as your profile data is valuable marketing data for their revenue stream. Remember, it is your profile data (including your ‘Likes’ ‘Status Updates’ etc) that is what really interests Facebook and their advertising and marketing affiliates.
Safe surfing folks!