What do you do if someone posts a photo of you on Facebook that needs to be removed?
- Change your Facebook Settings. If you go to privacy settings, you can customize it so only you can see the photos or videos in which you are tagged or designate who can see the tags.
- Untag Yourself. If you are tagged in a less than flattering picture, go to the list of who is in the picture, hover on your name, and untag yourself. Once you are untagged, others will not be able to retag you.
- Delete the Photo. If it is your photo, delete it. If one of your friends has posted or tagged you in a bad picture, then don your Dale Carnegie supercloak.
- Contact the person in real life and politely ask them to remove the photo.
- Contact the person by Facebook message and ask them to remove it. This is not the time to be hostile; use words like please, thank you, and have a nice day. Only the picture poster can remove it. If you are rude, you risk harming your friendship or making your friend so angry the picture stays or new ones are added.
- Report the photo to Facebook.
- Even if the photo is deleted, people could have downloaded it for posterity.
- Knock It Down. If you can’t get rid of the picture, get good ones taken and tagged to knock the bad one down the view list.
- If You Aren’t Good, Get Good. With the abundance of cameras and flipcams, what happens in Vegas stays on Facebook/Twitter/the Internet forever.
Photos and privacy issues get tougher when children are involved. Some children have family issues that require them not to have photos published. Ask permission of parents first. Check the privacy settings of your photo albums.
What are our choices with photos and privacy?
- We could don burkas so no one will know who’s in which photo.
- Or we can try to find ways to be part of the conversation and protect our privacy as much as possible.
Smile. You’re on candid camera. So am I.