Facebook recently unveiled the most dramatic updates to its privacy settings in a year. Out of all of them, there’s one new feature that you really must turn on as soon as it becomes available to you: profile review.
Here’s how to activate profile review.
- 1. Click on “account” in the upper right-hand corner of your screen, then click on “privacy settings.”
2. Next to “how tags work,” click “edit settings.”
3. Within the “how tags work” pop-up, click “edit” next to “profile review.”
4. In the next pop-up, click “turn on profile review.”
Now, whenever you are tagged in a photo or a post, you’ll have to approve it before it appears on in your news feed or your wall.
Tagged posts and photos will appear in your profile wall in a new section called “pending posts.”
Photos or posts tagged with your name will still appear on your friend’s wall and feed, so your mutual friends will see them.
But Facebook now gives you the option to ask your friend to take down photos of you that you don’t like. And you can always block a friend who refuses to consider your opinions.
This feature is important because it gives you control over your profile.
If a potential employer or an organization considering you for a scholarship is viewing your profile, you don’t want to give others the ability to post questionable images directly on your wall.
And even if you aren’t worried about looking professional (or you’ve locked down your profile effectively), there are just some pictures of you that you may not want to help your mom or your friends see.
This feature is especially important because Facebook is now allowing any Facebook user to tag any Facebook user in a post or a picture.
Why is Facebook is obsessed with making it so easy to tag others? The site has even put together what could be the largest facial recognition database ever to make it easy to tag your friends.
Tagging creates feed and wall activity even when you’re not logged in, encouraging the one feature likely most responsible for Facebook’s success: photo sharing.
Unfortunately, tagging is also one of the most problematic identity and privacy issues that Facebook users face.
While these privacy updates do include some potentially troubling changes, especially in how your information is shared through apps, Facebook has given you a tool to make it a little less easy for others to tag you. We say: Turn it on.
Guest writer Jason Sattler is social media strategist at F-Secure.