Facebook reverse tagging approval

Yesterday, ‘The Cybersafety Lady‘, aka Leonie Smith, alerted the world to the fact that Facebook has again changed their photo tagging policy. Previously you could modify settings so that tagging was not allowed by others.

She explains

The recent change is a bad change for privacy, you can now be tagged in a post or on a photo before you give approval.

The only thing you can do now if you have tagging approval enabled in privacy settings is prevent that particular post with the tag showing up on YOUR timeline, but only after it’s already gone out. You can also, as previously allowed to, go to the picture or post you are tagged in, and request the tag or picture is removed, (see below instructions) but as it says below, that tag may still show up elsewhere. The only way you can securely remove the tag, because you now cannot stop auto tagging, is if you go to the owner of the post and request to have the

tag removed, or report it as being abusive, which you probably don’t want to do if the person tagging you is a friend! It also appears there is no longer tagging approval allowed for posts, we are now getting automatically tagged in text posts. You used to get a message to approve tagging in a post before it appeared but now you just get notified you have been tagged. If you want to remove your name when its tagged in a post,  you can click the top right hand cross of the post and it will give you a drop down option to report and remove tag, this option used to be at the bottom of the post next to share.

Read the whole post here. The Cybersafety Lady’s blog is an excellent resource to follow.

How to keep Facebook from recognising your face

Following on from the post on this blog on 30 July entitled Facial recognition technology will make you hard to miss, Read Write Web has posted an article on how you can stop Facebook from recognising your face.

  • Go to privacy settings
  • Edit settings
  • Click on timeline and tagging
  • Click on who sees tag suggestions when photos that look like you are uploaded
  • Click on no-one

Read the whole article here.

Teens learn true dangers of cyberspace

Recently The Age published a report on what students are across in term of cybersafety. These include:

  • ‘stranger danger’
  • rejecting requests from randoms on Facebook

What they’re not across includes:

  • Google Images taking snapshots of any Facebook and/or Flickr photos that are not set to private
  • ramifications of sexting
  • implications of photo tagging

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