How To Disable Facebook Places Tagging

Posted by Bill Cammack On August - 19 - 2010

Bill CammackFacebook just announced their “Places” app which enables people to send updates about where they are right now to their FB friends.

That’s all well & good, except they added the ability for people you’re connected to on Facebook to broadcast YOUR location by tagging you in THEIR location updates. :/

This is clearly a disaster, as your girlfriend’s going to find out on her own FB home page that you’re actually at a party with a bunch of chicks instead of studying in the library like you told her so you could free yourself up for the evening.

Fortunately for you, Facebook added the ability to opt-out of other people putting your business in the streets. You can’t stop them from adding your name, but at least they can’t use your own wall to bust you.

Here’s how you disable the ability for people to dime you out:

  1. Go to your Facebook account.
  2. Click “Account” in the top right corner.
  3. Click “Privacy Settings”.
  4. In the “Sharing on Facebook” section, click “Customize settings”.
  5. Scroll down to “Things others share” and make the option next to “Friends can check me into Places” read “Disabled”.

How To Disable Facebook Places Tagging

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17 Responses to “How To Disable Facebook Places Tagging”

  1. […] Facebook yesterday announced a new geolocation tagging feature, called “Places.” Here’s how to turn it off. […]

  2. reader says:

    Thank you! It’s like a f*cking arms-race with Zuckerberg. You have to constantly be disabling every new “feature” he adds, meant to line his pockets at the expense of our privacy.

    • Bill Cammack says:

      You’re welcome. :)

      It’s unfortunate that we have to opt-out of these things on our own because there are a lot of people that won’t get the message and it’s going to cause problems for some of them.

  3. The Doctor says:

    Is anyone else noticing that the box refuses to un-check if you click on it? Maybe it’s just me..

  4. Jamie Kitson says:

    That’s not going to stop people putting what a wild time you’ve been having in their statuses and posting all the pictures of you and the chicks all over Facebook though.

  5. Evan says:

    Any idea if you have an under 18 account (I’m 17) if this is an auto opt-in or if it doesn’t matter?

    I wonder if it will opt me in when I turn 18 in two months after I’ve forgotten about this feature…..

  6. Stephen says:

    Thanks Bill – my setting was currently on “please select”, but I’ve shared your excellent tip with my friends.

    I also changed the setting (in the “Things I Share” section) for “Places I’ve Checked In To” to “Only Me”, which requires you to go via the “Custom Edit” option + disabled the “Include me in ‘People here now’ after I check in” setting

    I have no idea how to check-in, but I made these changes in case I accidently set off one. Where I am is MY business!

    • Bill Cammack says:

      You’re welcome, Stephen. :)

      I can’t use “Places” because I have an Android phone, but I certainly don’t need other people deciding to announce where I am and what I’m doing.

      I didn’t modify the “Include me” setting because if I actually DO check in somewhere, I’m endorsing the place and I want to be included in the social media surrounding it. However, as you said.. it needs to be MY decision whether to participate or not.

  7. Erin says:

    Thanks for the tip, but did you have to use such a douchebag example? PSSSST: Fun Fact! Dudes aren’t the only ones who use Facebook or the internet.

    • Bill Cammack says:

      hehe You’re welcome, Erin. :)

      No.. I didn’t have to use that particular example. :D However, the “People might rob you while they know you’re not at home” reason to hide your location-based status updates has been pretty well worn out by now. I thought I’d use something more fun. :D

      Next time, I’ll use an example so that the ladies can get over on their boyfriends! ;)

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  10. […] there are problems. (And I don’t mean to evoke the opt-out/opt-in problem.) I suspect that Places will add to the general feelings of alienation quite common in my […]

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