Does Facebook Notify the Poster if I Remove a Tag?

Posted by Jamie on December 18, 2019

Does Facebook notify if I tag someone in an image? Does Facebook notify if I remove a tag? Can I remove a tag from someone else’s image that I have been tagged in? What is the point of tags anyway?

Tagging has been a feature in Facebook for years. Some people like it and some people don’t. It’s a feature some people don’t even know exist while others use it incessantly. What is all the fuss about?

Tagging is basically attaching a link to someone in an image or video. You can also tag posts and comments but that works slightly differently. Facebook recognizes faces in media and allows a ‘special link’ between each face. So if you have a group shot, for example, Facebook will recognize multiple faces, add a layer to the image and allow you to link each individual’s personal Facebook page. It’s a neat idea but has obvious privacy implications.

If the individuals you tag on Facebook have a public account, the image will also appear on their news feed so they can see the image too.

How to tag someone on Facebook

Tagging someone in a Facebook image is very straightforward.

  1. Open the photo in Facebook.
  2. Hover over it and select Tag Photo from the hover menu.
  3. Select the person in the image you want to tag. You should see a box appear.
  4. Add their name or Page.
  5. Repeat as necessary.
  6. Select Done Tagging when finished.
  7. Publish the photo as usual.

You can also tag comments or posts on Facebook. Just use ‘@NAME’ within the post or comment. Use the person’s full name as it appears in Facebook for a successful tag. If it’s a popular name a list will appear. Just select the right person from the list to tag them.

Does Facebook notify if you tag someone in an image?

Yes. When you’re tagged in an image, you will receive a notification and the image will show up in your timeline. You can then decide whether to leave the tag in place or remove it.

There is an option in Facebook settings called Timeline and Tagging where you can control who can tag you and whether you’re notified and can review images before they appear on your own timeline. If you’re interested in tagging, it might be worth checking out the settings.

Facebook notifies if you’re tagged in a post or comment too. The post will appear in your timeline for you to review if you have it set up.

Does Facebook notify if I remove a tag?

No. Facebook notifies everyone who appears in a tag as per above but doesn’t notify if a tag is removed. Adding a tag has privacy implications, removing a tag does not, so no notification is necessary.

Can you remove a tag from an image you have been tagged in?

Yes you can. You have no control over what other people do with their own images but you have a little control over links. If you don’t want to be tagged in an image, you can remove it. As you are notified of the tag and the image will appear on your timeline, you can remove the tag from there.

  1. Select the image on your timeline.
  2. Select Options at the bottom of the image.
  3. Select Report/Remove tag.
  4. Select I want to remove the tag.

All tags relating to you will be removed from the image. That is true for the copy on your timeline and all copies of that image on Facebook.

To remove a tag from a post or comment, the process is similar.

  1. Navigate to the post in question.
  2. Select the three dot menu icon in the top right.
  3. Select Remove Tag.

The tag will be removed immediately and you can go about your business.

What’s the point of tags anyway?

Tagging is a way of sharing a moment or an event.  It’s a way to include people in your life with images, posts and comments. For most people, being tagged is harmless and freely used throughout Facebook. The more privacy conscious don’t like tags as it makes them easy to find and can result in less than flattering photos being posted to your wall.

When tagging, it makes sense to bear in mind WHO you’re tagging. Someone who is more privacy conscious won’t always appreciate being tagged as it spreads links to their profile all over Facebook. Arguably, the privacy conscious shouldn’t be on Facebook at all but that’s a conversation for another day!

Do you tag in Facebook? Do it often or just occasionally? Tell us your thoughts on tagging below!

One thought on “Does Facebook Notify the Poster if I Remove a Tag?”

alisa says:
Years ago i posted a photo of my ex and I and tagged him on the photo. Just recently – i removed the tag from the photo. And right away he knew that the tag was removed – did he get a notification? How is it possible then?
Nash says:
Gee.. I was about to do the same but was curious about the process, and i do not want my ex to get notified :/ .
Sandy says:
I would think it would mean he was checking out you out on Facebook? If so, it seems like he’d have to do a lot of searching to see it wasn’t there. Not sure about that, though.

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