Tagging

How Tagging Works
When you tag someone, you create a link to their profile. The post you tag the person in may also be added to that person’s timeline. For example, you can tag a photo to show who's in the photo or post a status update and say who you're with. If you tag a friend in your status update, anyone who sees that update can click on your friend's name and go to their profile. Your status update may also show up on that friend's timeline.
When you tag someone, they'll be notified. Keep in mind they may also be notified if they have face recognition turned on. Learn more about how to manage photos on Facebook you haven't been tagged in. Also, if you or a friend tags someone in your post, the post could be visible to the audience you selected plus friends of the tagged person. Learn more about what happens when you create a tag.
Tags in photos and posts from people you aren't friends with may appear in timeline review where you can decide if you want to allow them on your timeline. You can also choose to review tags by anyone, including your friends.
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Tag People and Pages
You can tag people or Pages in photos you share on Facebook. You can also tag photos others have shared, if their privacy settings allow it.
To tag a photo before you post it:
  1. At the top of your News Feed, click Photo/Video below What's on your mind, [Name]?.
  2. Select the photo you want to share.
  3. Hover over the photo and click Edit in the top left.
  4. Click Tag Photo, then click a person in the photo and start typing their name.
  5. Select the full name of the person or Page you want to tag when it appears.
  6. When you're finished tagging people, click Save, then click .
  7. Select the audience for your post, then click Post.

To tag a photo that has already been posted:
  1. Click the photo you want to tag.
  2. Click in the top right of the photo.
  3. Click the person in the photo and start typing their name.
  4. Select the full name of the person or Page you want to tag when it appears.
  5. Click Done Tagging.

Keep in mind:
  • You can tag up to 50 people or Pages in a photo.
  • When you tag someone in a photo, that person's friends may also see, like or comment on the photo.
  • Your tag may need to be approved by the person you tagged or the person who posted the photo (if it is not yours), depending on their privacy settings for Timeline Review or tag review.
  • You may not see the option to tag people in photos posted by others, depending on their audience settings.
Learn more about how tagging works.
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You can tag other Pages in your Page’s photos and videos if the Page has allowed others to tag it. You can tag people in your Page’s photos and videos if they’ve liked your Page and are at least 18 years old.
To tag other people or Pages in a photo:
  1. From your News Feed, click Pages in the left menu.
  2. Go to your Page and click the photo you want to tag.
  3. Click in the top right.
  4. Click the person or Page in the photo.
  5. Begin typing the person's or Page's name, then select them from the list that appears.
  6. Click Done Tagging at the bottom.
To tag other people or Pages in a video:
  1. From your News Feed, click Pages in the left menu.
  2. Go to your Page.
  3. Click Publishing Tools at the top of your Page.
  4. Click Video Library on the left.
  5. Hover over the video you want to tag, then click .
  6. Below Describe your video..., click .
  7. Begin typing the person's or Page's name, then select them from the list that appears.
  8. Click Save.
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When you add a tag to something, the tagged person or Page may receive a notification that you tagged them.
Keep in mind that you can adjust your notification settings to change what you receive notifications about.
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Who Can See Tags
Your photos and the photos you're tagged in are visible to:
To adjust who can see photos you've uploaded, change the audience or remove them. If you've been tagged in a photo you don't like, you can remove the tag or ask the person to take it down.
Keep in mind, photos and posts hidden from your timeline are still visible to these people other places on Facebook, such as in News Feed and search. To see and review posts you've hidden from your timeline, go to your activity log.
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When you tag someone, that photo or post may be shared with both 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 now include your friends and Jane's.
To hide your photo or post from friends of the person tagged:
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 before or after you post it. To turn off this setting:
  1. Click on the photo or post.
  2. Click .
  3. Click Edit audience in the right menu.
  4. Click Save changes.

Keep in mind:
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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When someone adds a tag to something you shared, it's visible to:
  • The audience you chose for the post or photo
  • The person tagged in the post and their friends
If you'd like to adjust this visibility, 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 by turning on tag review.
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To choose who can see posts you’ve been tagged in after they appear on your timeline:
  1. Click in the top right of Facebook.
  2. Select Settings & Privacy > Settings.
  3. In the left column, click Timeline and Tagging.
  4. Look for the setting Who can see posts you're tagged in on your timeline? and click Edit to the far right.
  5. Select the audience of people (such as Friends) that you'd like to be able to see the posts you've been tagged in.
You can review photos and posts you're tagged in before they appear on your timeline by turning on timeline review.
Keep in mind, photos and posts you hide from your timeline are visible to the audience they're shared with other places on Facebook, such as in News Feed and Search.
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When you hide a photo or post you're tagged in on your timeline, people won't be able to see it when they visit your timeline. But the photo or post will still be visible to the audience it's shared with in other places on Facebook, such as in News Feed or Search.
Keep in mind:
  • 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.
  • You can also adjust your timeline and tagging privacy setting to choose the audience who can see the content on your timeline.
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Approve or Remove Tags
Anyone can tag you in photos and other posts. Tags from people you're not friends with may appear in your timeline review, where you can decide if you want to allow them on your timeline. Remember, posts you choose not to allow on your timeline may appear in News Feed and elsewhere on Facebook.
Depending on your settings, you'll receive a notification when someone tags you. You can choose what notifications you receive about tags from your settings.
To choose what notifications you get about tags:
  1. Click in the top right of Facebook.
  2. Select Settings & Privacy > Settings.
  3. Click Notifications in the left column.
  4. Click Tags to see all your choices.
  5. From here, you can:
    • Choose the audience you want to get notifications from. Click the circle to the right of the audience (example: Anyone or Friends) to select.
    • Choose how you want to get the notifications. Click to the right of Push, Email or SMS to select. Learn more about Facebook notifications.
You can also choose to review photos friends tag you in before they appear on your timeline by turning on timeline review.
If you don't like something you're tagged in, you can remove the tag or ask the person who tagged you to remove the post.
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If you're having trouble finding the photo or post you'd like to hide, you can use your activity log to find it.
To remove a tag from a post:
  1. Go to the post.
  2. Click in the top right.
  3. Click Remove tag.

To remove a tag from a photo:
  1. Go to the photo.
  2. Click in the top right.
  3. Select Remove Tag.
  4. Click Ok to confirm.

When you remove a tag, keep in mind:
  • That tag will no longer appear on the post or photo, but that 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 remove the post or photo from Facebook, you can ask the person who posted it to take it down.
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Anyone can tag you in their posts, including posts with a location tag. You'll see a notification if you've been tagged. If someone you’re not friends with tags you, you’ll receive a request to approve the tag before it appears on your timeline.
Keep in mind, you can:
Learn more about how sharing your location works.
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When a friend tags you in a post on Facebook, it automatically appears on your timeline. If you want to review all posts (including friends' posts) before they appear on your timeline, you need to turn on Timeline Review.
Keep in mind, if someone you're not friends with tags you in a post, you'll be prompted to review it to appear on your timeline, even if you don't have Timeline Review turned on.
To turn on Timeline Review or review your Timeline Review settings:
  1. Click in the top right of Facebook.
  2. Select Settings & Privacy > Settings.
  3. In the left column, click Timeline and Tagging.
  4. Look for the setting Review posts you're tagged in before the post appears on your timeline? and click Edit to the far right.
  5. Select Enabled or Disabled.
Note: Timeline Review only controls what's allowed on your timeline. Posts you're tagged in may still appear in Search, News Feed and other places on Facebook.
Timeline Review for legacy contacts:
You can also choose to add a legacy contact to your account, who looks after your account if it's memorialized. Your legacy contact will be able to turn off Timeline Review so tagged posts can appear in the Tributes section. Learn more about what legacy contacts can do.
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Your activity log lets you filter your content to see who your photos and photos you're tagged in are shared with, like if they're shared with a public audience.
To see photos that are shared publicly:
  1. Click in the top right of Facebook.
  2. Select Settings & Privacy > Activity Log.
  3. In the top left of your activity log, click Filter.
  4. Scroll to Photos & Videos and click the circle to select.
  5. Click Privacy: See all and select Privacy: Public. You can also see only the photos you've hidden on your timeline by tapping Visibility: All, then Visibility: Hidden.
  6. Click Save Changes.
Your photos will appear in the left sidebar. You'll see a list of photos that you've shared publicly and photos that you're tagged in that have been shared publicly.
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. Learn more about what happens when you hide something on your timeline.
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When someone tags you in a post, it will be visible to:
  • The audience selected by the person who made the post.
  • The audience you indicate in your Timeline and Tagging settings. You can choose to automatically add your friends, select specific friends or not add anyone to the audience of the post you're tagged in.
To choose your audience for posts you're tagged in:
  1. Click in the top right of Facebook.
  2. Select Settings & Privacy > Settings.
  3. In the left column, click Timeline and Tagging.
  4. 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.
  5. Select an audience (example: Only Me).
Keep in mind:
  • 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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If you’re not happy with a photo you’re tagged in on Facebook, you can remove the tag.
Facebook can’t make people remove photos that don’t violate our Terms of Service. In addition to removing a tag, here are some things you can do:
  • 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.
Learn more about tagging on Facebook.
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To report a photo that doesn't follow our Community Standards:

  1. Click the photo you want to report. If the profile is locked and you can't view the full-sized photo, click Find Support or Report Photo.
  2. Tap in the top right
  3. Select Find support or report photo.
  4. Select the option that best describes the issue and follow the on-screen instructions.

If you don't like a photo you're tagged in, and it doesn't go against our Community Standards, you have a few options.

Learn how to report other types of content.

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Suggested Tags for Photos
How the face recognition setting works:
Face recognition is used to analyze the photos and videos we think you're in on Facebook, such as your profile picture and photos and videos that you’ve been tagged in, to make a unique number for you, called a template. When you turn your face recognition setting on, we create your template and use it to compare to other photos, videos and other places where the camera is used (like live video) to recognize if you appear in that content. Keep in mind, we don't share your template with anyone.
Note: The face recognition setting has replaced the tag suggestion setting. Learn more about this change.
How we use your face recognition template:
If you turn this setting on, we’ll use your face recognition template in the following types of ways:
  • Find photos and video you’re in so we can help you review or share content, suggest tags, and provide more relevant content and feature recommendations. For example:
    • We may let you know when you appear in photos or videos but haven't been tagged. You can review these photos in Photo Review.
    • When you add a photo, we may suggest that you tag people in photos. Learn more about tagging others in photos.
    • If we think that you’re in a photo or video that your friend has added, we may suggest that your friend tag you. If you’d like to review photos and videos you’re tagged in before they appear on your timeline, you can turn on Timeline Review.
  • Help protect you and others from impersonation and identity misuse, and improve platform reliability. For example:
    • We may be able to detect if you appear in someone else’s profile picture and send you a notification. If you review the profile picture and think someone is impersonating you, you can report that profile.
  • Provide accessibility features by telling people with visual impairments who’s in a photo or video. Learn more about Facebook’s Automatic Alt Text and other accessibility options.
A few things we do to help give you control:
  • If you turn your face recognition setting on, we'll keep your template while your account is active but will delete it if you turn your face recognition setting off.
  • We don’t share your template with anyone else but you.
  • We don't have any face recognition features that tell strangers who you are.
  • If you are untagged from a photo or video, we won’t use that photo or video as part of the face recognition template to recognize you.
  • Face recognition is only available to people who are over 18. People under 18 won’t have the face recognition setting.
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When you turn your face recognition setting on, we’ll use face recognition technology to analyze photos and videos we think you’re in, such as your profile picture and photos you've already been tagged in, to create a template for you. We use your template to recognize you in other photos, videos and other places where the camera is used (like live video) on Facebook. Learn more about your template and how the face recognition setting works on Facebook.
Keep in mind, the face recognition setting is only available to people who are over 18. People under 18 won’t have the face recognition setting.
To turn this setting on or off for your account:
  1. Click in the top right of Facebook.
  2. Select Settings & Privacy > Settings.
  3. In the left column, click Face Recognition.
  4. Go to Do you want Facebook to be able to recognize you in photos and videos? and click Edit.
  5. Select Yes or No to confirm your choice.
When you turn this setting off:
  • Your Facebook experience won't include us recognizing you. Learn more about how the face recognition setting works.
  • We’ll delete your face recognition template.
  • We won’t use face recognition to suggest that people tag you in photos. This means that you’ll still be able to be tagged in photos, but we won’t suggest tags based on a face recognition template.
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If you’d like other people to see tag suggestions for you, you’ll need to turn on your face recognition setting. Learn more about the face recognition setting.
Keep in mind:
  • The original setting that let you decide if other people see tag suggestions for you (the setting called Who sees tag suggestions when photos that look like you are uploaded? which was in your Timeline and Tagging settings) is no longer available.
  • If you're using an old version of Facebook that still has a tag suggestions setting, you and your friends won’t see tag suggestions for you until you use a more current version of Facebook where you can turn on the face recognition setting. Learn more about turning on automatic updates on your Android device.
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If you’ve turned on your face recognition setting, we can help identify if you’re in photos that have been added to Facebook but you haven’t been tagged in them. We’ll add those photos to the Photo Review section of your Activity Log for you to review. We may notify you about photos that you’re in the audience of, and only you will receive these notifications.
To review photos that you may be in but haven’t been tagged in:
  1. Click in the top right of Facebook.
  2. Select Settings & Privacy > Activity Log.
  3. Click Photo review in the top left of your Activity Log. From here you can:
    • Click Tag Yourself to tag yourself in the photo.
    • Click Ignore to leave yourself untagged.
    • Click Not Me to let us know if you're not in the photo.
    • Click and then click Report Photo to report the photo to Facebook.
When reviewing your photos in Photo Review, keep in mind:
  • We will only look for you in photos if you’ve turned on your face recognition setting and you’re in the audience of the photo. For example, if your friend shares a photo you’re in with their friends but doesn’t tag you, we may add that photo to your Photo Review if you’ve turned on your face recognition setting.
  • You aren't tagged in the photos in Photo Review, so they won't appear on your timeline. But the photos will still be visible in other places on Facebook, such as in News Feed or Search, to the audience they were shared with by the person who originally posted the photo.
  • If you tag yourself in the photo, your friends may also be able to see the photo. Learn more about who can see photos you're tagged in.
If you don’t have photos to review:
We’re always working to improve our technology, but there are some cases where we won’t suggest photos for you to review. These can include situations where:
  • We may be unable to determine that you might be in a photo, even if your face recognition setting is turned on. For example, if a photo is too blurry or if only a portion of your face is visible, our face recognition technology may not be able to recognize you.
  • Your face recognition setting is off.
  • There are no new photos of you to review.
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