Facebook Adds Photo Tagging Approval, Other Privacy Features

Facebook has just rolled out a number of new privacy features, including the ability to approve photo tags of you, edit the visibility of profile categories inline and more.

This newest round of updates includes a ton of different privacy features. For ease of understanding, we've listed them out below:

  • Inline Profile Controls: Now, instead of editing all your privacy controls from a separate page, you can edit them right from the "Edit Profile" page. Want your favourite music to only be seen by your friends? Just hit the box next to that section and choose your privacy options. Same with hometown, photo albums, political views, and so on.
  • Profile Tag Review: Before, when someone tagged you in a photo or a post, that tag would just show up. Now, you can choose to approve or reject when other people tag you, before anyone else sees you tagged in it.
  • Content Tag Review: Similarly, when someone tags content of yours (like a photo you took), you can choose to approve or reject that tag, even if they aren't tagging you specifically.
  • View Profile As: The "View Profile As" button is now available on your profile page, so you can see what your profile looks like from other people's accounts and make sure your privacy is set correctly.
  • Inline Sharing Controls: The inline sharing controls have been edited. Now, you can change who's allowed to see any given post right from the status box and change it later on if you change your mind.
  • Tag Anyone: Now you can tag anyone in a post; not just the people you're friends with.

Facebook has also made a few other minor changes, like clearing up some language and making options more understandable, but that's the gist of the changes in functionality. Hit the link for more detailed descriptions of each change. Note that the changes are being rolled out gradually so you might not see them immediately (they haven't shown up on the Australian Lifehacker editor's profile yet, for instance).

Making It Easier to Share With Who You Want [Facebook Blog]


    This is quickly turning into Facebook+. This is beyond coincidental features to Google Plus, this is outright idea copying.

    What's next? The concept of Circles?

    (I know FB did the whole list of friends looong before Plus, but they'll "redevelop" it and make it more accessible. Guaranteed)

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