Photos Privacy

How Privacy Works for Tagged Photos

Your activity log lets you review your photos, and photos you're tagged in, that are shared with Public. To view photos shared with Public:
  1. Go to your activity log
  2. Click Photos in the left column
  3. Select Public from the filter at the top of your activity log next to Shared with
You can also review photos that you've hidden on your Timeline by selecting Hidden from the dropdown menu next to On Timeline. Keep in mind, photos you've hidden on your Timeline are still visible to the audience they're shared with other places on Facebook, such as in News Feed and search.
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Hover over the story, click and select Report/Remove Tag from the dropdown menu. You can then choose to remove the tag or ask the person who posted it to take it down.

You can also remove tags from multiple photos at once:
  1. Go to your activity log
  2. Click Photos in the left column
  3. Select the photos you'd like to remove a tag from
  4. Click Report/Remove Tags at the top of the page
  5. Click Untag Photos to confirm

Removed tags will no longer appear on the post or photo, but the post or photo is still visible to the audience it's shared with. People may be able to view the post or photo in places like News Feed or search results. To fully remove it from Facebook, ask the person who posted it to take it down.

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When you tag someone, that content (ex: photo, post) may be shared with the person tagged and their friends. This means that if you haven't already included their friends in the audience, their friends may now be able to see it. For example, if you tag Jane in a photo shared with your friends, the audience expands to Friends (+) to include your friends and Jane's.

If you don't want your photo, post or other content to be visible to the friends of the person tagged, you can turn this setting off for each post when you post it. To do this, click the audience selector next to the story, select Custom, and uncheck the Friends of those tagged and event guests box.

The audience also expands to Friends (+) when others tag your post or photo. Learn how to approve or dismiss tags that friends add to your posts before they appear on Facebook.

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To indicate who you want added to the audience of posts you're tagged in:
  1. Click in the upper-right corner of any Facebook page and select Settings
  2. Click Timeline and Tagging in the left-hand column
  3. Look for the setting When you're tagged in a post, who do you want to add to the audience if they aren't already in it? and click Edit to the far right
  4. Select an audience from the dropdown

This setting defaults to friends, which means when you’re tagged in a post, you and your friends can see the post, even if they weren’t in the original audience.

The post you're tagged in may be shared with the original audience, as well as the friends you suggest. These people may see it in News Feed, search and other places on Facebook.

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When someone adds a tag to something you shared, it's visible to:
  1. The audience you chose for the post or photo
  2. The person tagged in the post and their friends
If you’d like, you can adjust this visibility. Simply click on the audience selector next to the story, select Custom, and uncheck the Friends of those tagged box. You get to review and approve tags from non-friends. You can also review tags that friends add to your posts before they appear on your Timeline by turning on tag review.
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When you hide a photo or post you're tagged in on your Timeline, or adjust your Timeline and tagging privacy setting, this only limits who can see the content on your Timeline. The photo or post is still visible to the audience it's shared with other places on Facebook, such as in News Feed or search.

Please keep in mind that the person who uploaded a photo chooses the audience for that photo. If you're tagged in something you don't like, you can remove the tag or ask the person who posted it to take it down.

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To choose who sees suggestions to tag you in photos:

  1. Click at the top right of any Facebook page and choose Settings
  2. Click Timeline and Tagging on the left
  3. Under How can I manage tags people add and tagging suggestions?, click Who sees tag suggestions when photos that look like you are uploaded?
  4. Choose an option from the dropdown menu

When you turn off tag suggestions, Facebook won’t suggest that people tag you when photos look like you. The template that we created to enable the tag suggestions feature will also be deleted. Keep in mind that friends will still be able to tag photos of you.

Our tagging tools, including grouping photos that look similar and suggesting friends who might be in them, are meant to make it easier for you to share your memories and experiences with your friends.

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How Privacy Works for Photo Albums

To edit the privacy settings for photo albums you've posted:

  1. Go to your profile and click Photos.
  2. Click Albums.
  3. Use the audience selector tool under each album to control who can see your album.

A few important notes:

  • The privacy setting for your Cover Photos album is always public.
  • If there's a photo of you in an album that someone else posted, only the person who posted it can change the album privacy. If you don't like the photo, you can remove a tag or ask them to take it down.
  • If you share a high-resolution photo or album with someone, that person will be able to download those photos.
  • Unlike other photo albums you create, you can choose an audience for individual photos in your Timeline Photos and Mobile Uploads albums. Each time you post a new photo, you choose who sees that photo using the audience selector.
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The following albums allow you to select the audience for each individual photo:

  • Profile Pictures
  • Cover Photos
  • Mobile Uploads
  • Timeline Photos

To adjust the privacy settings of photos you've posted to these albums:

  1. Click the photo to expand it
  2. Click the audience in the top right (ex:Public)
  3. Select the audience you want to share the photo with

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You can share your photo albums with people who don't use Facebook:

  1. Go to your photos
  2. Click the album you want to share
  3. Click the gear menu in the top-right corner and select Get Link

Copy and paste the link to share it with anyone, even if they don't have a Facebook account. Keep in mind that anyone with the link will be able to see the album.

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How to Address Photo Abuse

Even well-meaning friends sometimes tag you in photos that are unflattering or that you'd rather not share. If you’re not happy with a photo you’re tagged in, you can remove the tag.

Facebook can’t make people remove photos that don’t violate our Statement of Rights and Responsibilities. However, if simply removing the tag isn't enough, you have a few options:

  • Send a message to the person who tagged you asking them to take it down
  • Block the person who tagged you, which removes the tag and prevents them from tagging or contacting you on Facebook
  • If the post is abusive, report it to us
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You can anonymously report photos that don't follow our Terms (ex: nudity). Facebook reviews these complaints and takes down photos as necessary.

Don't like a photo you're tagged in? It's not against our Terms to post a photo that is unflattering, so please don't report a photo just because you don't like the way you look in it. Learn about steps you can take for unflattering photos.

To report a photo that doesn't follow our policies:

  1. Click the photo you want to report
  2. Hover over the photo and then click Options in the bottom right
  3. Select Report > I think it shouldn't be on Facebook > Continue

Learn how to report other types of content.

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If you've been blocked from uploading photos, this means that more than one of your photos was recently determined to have violated the Facebook Community Standards. Some types of content that aren't allowed on Facebook include:

  • Content that contains hate speech or directly attacks an individual or group
  • Content that contains self harm or excessive violence
  • Content that contains nudity
  • Content that contains illegal drug use

Please visit the Facebook Community Standards for a detailed explanation of these restrictions and how they work to keep Facebook a safe and respectful environment.

The photos that don't follow the Community Standards have been removed, and you'll be able to upload photos again soon. In the meantime, please remove any other photos that may also contain violations. Please also keep in mind that people who repeatedly post abusive posts and photos may be limited from using features on Facebook.

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