First, know this – a lot of people assume if an inappropirate photo shows up on their Facebook timeline, it means they were hacked. Rest easy, in most cases you were not. What usually happens is that you received a friend request at some time, from someone you didn’t know, and you accepted it. Then that person TAGS you in an inappropriate photo, and that photo then shows up on your timeline, and where all of your friends can see it.
The first thing most of us want to do is GET THAT OFF OUR PAGE. Luckily you have full control over this.
To untag yourself from Facebook photo:
Click the pencil icon near the top right of the post/photo
Choose “Remove tag”
You will need to do this manually to each photo that you want removed, but it’s worth the couple of minutes.
Next, you will want to prevent it from happening again:
At the top right of your Facebook page, click the tiny triangle arrow, and choose “Privacy Settings”
Choose “How Tags Work”
On Timeline Review, turn it on to “Enabled” (this will make it where you have to review a tag before the post or photo is posted on your timeline)
On Tag Review, turn it on to “Enabled” (does the same thing as above)
On Tag Suggestions, turn to “No one” (this prevents Facebook from automatically suggesting for someone to tag you in their photo based upon facial recognition of you in their photo)
You will still be able to allow tags when appropriate, but you will have to review and approve them before they show up on your timeline.
Do I have to stop accepting friend requests?
Not necessarily. I know a lot of people who – because of the business they are in – have a desire to friend pretty much everyone who requests to be their friend. People whose name is their business and their business is their name. Sales people who do personal selling. Etc.
But there are some steps you will want to take to keep your account more secure. Search the word Facebook on our website, and find a lot of other tips we have on keeping your Facebook account secure.
Vicky is the CEO and Chief Creative Strategist of Vicky Wu Marketing. She draws from 30 years of experience at the CMO level, the CEO level, marketing for Fortune 500 companies and multi-million and multi-billion-dollar organizations, PLUS strategies learned helping startups and nonprofits with limited budgets … now focusing on providing SMBs with effective and efficient marketing strategies – giving them access to the same level of expertise as the really big guys with deep pockets, that they may not otherwise be able to access.