Facebook Photo Tagging Just Got Really Creepy

approving photo tags new facebook updateListen up, Facebook freaks. There's big news outta Zuck-town. The social networking brainiacs are rolling out a whole "kitchen sink" update to the site. One of the major changes is something that's been a loooooong time coming.

Lemme back up a bit. How many times have you signed onto Facebook only to find, say, your hubby's shutterbug cousin tagged you in several completely unflattering photos? Then, you had to go through the uncomfortable process of de-tagging yourself and perhaps even asking the poster to take down a few (or all!) of the offending pics. Or you might be the shutterbug. I once put up pics of a friend in which I thought she looked gorgeous, but she thought she looked horrendous, and asked me to remove 'em. Whichever side you're on, it's an all-around awkward, annoying situation. If only Facebook would allow us to APPROVE photo tags!

Well, kiddies, that day has come!


The theme of Facebook's latest updates is "Make It Easier to Share With Who You Want." OMG. As TechCrunch points out, I think hell has frozen over. I have felt like, especially in recent years, the default for Facebook settings is set so as to trick us into sharing with everyone, aka the Entire World. But now, they want to actually fix some annoyances and privacy issues to give users more autonomy over who we share with?!! Can this be for real?!

In short: Yes! ... Aaaaaand no. Doh. They're making it possible to approve ALL photos you're tagged in (as long as you switch the option, which is defaulted to "off," heh); however, now people who aren't actually your friends will be able to tag you! ICK! Do not "like." I guess it really doesn't matter if you can approve or deny the tag, and hey, maybe at least now you'll be given a heads-up on pics that would have made their way onto someone else's profile without your knowing in the past. But meh. I don't like the idea that someone I'm not even interested in connecting with on Facebook is going to be able to tag me in their pics. It may be a convenience in some cases (like a wedding perhaps, where the bride's photog doesn't want to have to friend all the damn guests just so she can tag them), but in other cases, it could definitely get creepy.

Nonetheless, I guess we have no choice but to take the good with the bad. At least now, with overall photo approval, we can totally save ourselves from loads of Facebook embarrassment, i.e., being caught cheating, flirting, drinking, smoking, rockin' a double-chin, etc., that has until now hovered over any user as a perpetual possibility.

When can we expect the update to show up? According to the Facebook blog post from yesterday, "Changes will start to roll out in the coming days. When they reach you, you'll see a prompt for a tour that walks you through these new features from your homepage."

What do you think about the photo approval update?


Image via The Facebook Blog

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