On Facebook, it's possible by default for someone's friends to tag him in a photo without his permission. Is there any way for a user to stop his friends from doing that, or to at least require his approval before the tag becomes public?

I don't know if there are other places where people can have their information shared without permission, but if so, this question applies to those places too.

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    It's high time that facebook should include the functionality of disabling photo tagging from some of the friends. I desperately need it. :| Commented May 23, 2011 at 10:25

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You can achieve this by going to your Privacy Settings.

  • Select Edit Settings under "How Tags Work"
    Privacy Settings
  • Click Off next to Timeline Review
    How Tags Work
  • Review the information about Timeline Review and select Enabled from the dropdown.
    Timeline Review
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    This controls whether the photo will appear on your timeline, but the real question is whether it will appear in your friends' News Feed. If a friend tags you will the photo still be sent immediately to all your friends' News Feed or does that happen only if and when you approve it to appear on your timeline?
    – mark4o
    Commented Jan 6, 2012 at 22:10
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    Even if it does stop items from showing up on friend's feeds (not sure if it does), it doesn't stop the notifications of tagged photos. Oh, so much spam... Sigh. Commented Dec 18, 2012 at 10:50

You can stop others notifications of photos you are tagged in appearing.

Go to http://www.facebook.com/settings/?tab=privacy&ref=mb and select "Customise settings".

On that page there's an option in the "Things others share" section:

Photos and videos I'm tagged in

Select the drop down and pick "Customise". You then get this dialog

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Select "Only me" for "Make this visible to" and only you will get notifications.

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    Not perfect, but it looks like this is the best option facebook offers.
    – Pops
    Commented Jul 20, 2010 at 1:45
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    and what If I don't want notifications from the photos I am tagged in? Commented May 23, 2011 at 10:04
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    Facebook has brought out a new control feature
    – phwd
    Commented Aug 23, 2011 at 18:34
  • There's no more a "Things others share" section. Commented Dec 18, 2012 at 10:53
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    @ruda.almeida - That does sound like a different question to this. Undelete but link back to this one explaining why it doesn't help you.
    – ChrisF
    Commented Dec 18, 2012 at 11:02

You can't prevent the tag from happening, but you can control who gets notified of it in their home feed, ie "Person was tagged in an album".

Account > Privacy Settings > Customize Settings > Things Others Share > Photos and Video I'm tagged in.


If you remove yourself from a photo tag, it can't be added again unless you do it.

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    Yes, but it works just on that specific photo. I have a friend who tags me constantly in photos I'm not in. Commented Dec 18, 2012 at 10:54

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