I’m visiting my family in Michigan, and the other day I went shopping with my father. When I came across the display you see to your left, I had to take a picture and post it to Facebook. The caption read, “When traveling in a foreign land, you should always check out the local shops. Today I’m in the Bloomfield Hills Costco. Notice that the Michigan State plates are more popular than those from UM.” Before posting the photo, I tagged three Spartan friends.
Within a few minutes, I had three comments, but they weren’t from my friends! Three complete strangers had commented on my photo! What was going on? I checked the privacy setting for the photo; it was set for “friends only.” Then I checked my global privacy settings. They were also set to “friends only….” but wait!
There was a catch!
I’m not sure when this option first appeared, but Facebook now has an option to allow the friends of people you tag in an image to see that image.
And that option’s default is ON.
Here’s what it looks like, and here’s how to turn it off. Click any image to see a larger version in a new browser window.
Step One: Go to your privacy settings. You’ll find them in the drop-down box at the upper-right of your screen.
Step Two: Look at your “default privacy” controls. You’ve probably chosen “friends”; you may created custom privacy settings. Double-click on whichever option you’ve chosen.
Step Three: See the “friends of those tagged” box? See how Facebook has “helpfully” check it for you? Uncheck it!
Then I deleted the comments made by the strangers, who presumably can no longer see the photo. I know that they’re probably perfectly nice people, but they’re complete strangers to me, and I never intended for them to see my photos and captions.
Check your Facebook privacy settings now! Have you been sharing your photos with strangers? Have you decided that it’s okay for friends of friends you tag to see those photos? Let us know in the comments!