How to Make My Photos Private On Facebook

How To Make My Photos Private On Facebook
UPDATE # 1: Exactly how you could remove yourself from Facebook search (as well as why that's still unsatisfactory).

UPGRADE # 2: Some protest photos you could make use of instead of your account image.

How To Make My Photos Private On Facebook


Late the other day evening (I'm currently creating this well previous midnight) I went to to Facebook as well as-- like numerous various other individuals-- saw the adhering to pop-up message show up in my News Feed:.

What bothered me one of the most was the line that stated "we're helping everyone discover and also connect with each other by keeping some info-- like your name and also profile photo-- publicly offered" (my emphasis).

While having one's profile picture public is the default setting on Facebook, I long ago switched to a picture-less public account. In huge part since I-- like lots of parents-- frequently utilize my youngster's picture as my Facebook profile image.

I didn't like the suggestion of my account picture being public in any way.

So when I mosted likely to the "next step" on Facebook to update my privacy setups, I fasted to change all the buttons from Facebook's "advised settings" (which would include making the charming photo of The Child with a Santa hat on readily available to the whole world) to my "old setups" in the hopes it would keep the photo private, like I desired.

Just to be added sure, after doing that I specifically went into the personal privacy settings on my image cds as well as seen to it that the cd "Profile photos" was set to be public to "Just Buddies".

To which Facebook then metaphorically replied: Screw you, Chad, we're going to make your profile photo public anyways.

Yes, that's right. As far as I can tell-- and also I have actually gone to it for more than an hour-- there is no other way to maintain your account image personal on Facebook any longer. Not only that, Facebook has actually also now determined, in its limitless wisdom, that the whole globe should recognize who all your pals are and also just what organizations, TELEVISION programs and/or political events you are a fan of.

Don't think me? Just go to your Privacy Settings page on Facebook, click on "Account Details" then "Preview my Profile". That will, as Facebook says, show you how "your profile wants to most individuals on Facebook".

Then just try to obtain your profile picture-- or listing of good friends-- off of there. You can't.

So better wish your account photo isn't too jeopardizing or you aren't a follower of anything as well risque. As of ideal about currently your manager, your grandma, your worst adversary can see it all.

As well as, the majority of relevant to readers of this blog site, if you have a charming image of your daughter or son as your profile pic, every pedophile and also creep could now see it, whether you like it or otherwise. (Ironically, I just created an article a few weeks back concerning the dangers of making your pictures public on Flickr.).

In the meantime, the only thing you could actually do is make a decision to have no profile picture on Facebook whatsoever. That's what I've done.

To do the same, most likely to your account page, float your mouse over your account picture and click "Modification photo" as well as click on the "Get rid of photo" switch at the bottom (see photo on the left).

I have to state, I don't find this solution all that satisfying. (Particularly since now, each time I log into Facebook, it pesters me to post an account photo.).

UPDATE: As numerous commenters below kept in mind, there are actions you can require to remove yourself from Facebook search. More details in this follow-up message.

If I was a far better artist-- or a sloganeer-- I would certainly create some type of anti-Facebook symbol and also make that my profile image. If anybody out there is feeling innovative and also generates something, email it to me at as well as I'll put it in a follow-up article. (Below's some excellent protest images I have actually obtained until now.).

Even if you have actually never ever had an exclusive account picture, you might want to think about deleting your account photo now, particularly if you on a regular basis utilize images of your children as your account.

It made use of to be that public account images were only available in very little thumbnails (I recognize because, in my day task as an investigatory press reporter, we would certainly typically discover such photos so little we couldn't use them in print).

Yet I have actually discovered recently that now, if you click somebody's profile, a dramatically bigger photo turns up, one where you could construct out much more plainly what the individual (or their youngster) looks like.

You need to take a look at your personal profile photo and give major idea to whether you truly desire the entire globe having access to it. Since currently you have no choice.

Paradoxically, Facebook's brand-new personal privacy settings appear to be at least partly an action to concerns elevated concerning the business's privacy policies by Canada's Privacy Commissioner. Among those worries was that Facebook's personal privacy settings were also complex.

I intend these new setups are more clear. However just in the feeling that Facebook is clearly informing its users it does not care that much about their personal privacy.

A couple final points.

Apart from things Facebook is compeling you to make public, you must likewise take care of what it is "advising" in the new personal privacy settings page.

Due to the fact that if you opt for Facebook's advised settings, a number of things you formerly had exclusive-- such as every condition update, photo as well as video you publish-- will certainly currently be shown to the whole world, consisting of online search engine.

So to at the very least shield on your own versus that, make sure all these switches are on "old settings" as well as not "everybody" (particularly the one called "Messages I Produce"):.

There is some conjecture that Facebook is pressing customers to make more of their profile-- as well as status updates-- public to take on Twitter.

I such as Twitter and also use it consistently. Despite some reservations, I locate it a great method to research post as well as get the word out about brand-new messages on this website.

However I desire Facebook would get it with its thick skull that a great deal of us like Facebook exactly because it isn't really Twitter.

Often you want a secure, exclusive location where you can share your pictures, videos an.
d inner-most ideas with simply your friends and family and not the rest of the globe.

And when that safe, exclusive place is gone against-- by, for example, the owner unilaterally revealing your children' images to any creep that walks through the door-- it makes you quite damn upset.

What about you. Just what do you think of Facebook's brand-new personal privacy setups? Post a comment and also let me understand.

( And if you want a more thorough and technological critique of Facebook's brand-new privacy setups, I recommend checking out the American Civil Liberties Union and also Electronic Frontier Structure.).

UPGRADE # 1: Just how you can remove on your own from Facebook search (and also why that's still not good enough).

UPDATE # 2: Some objection photos you could utilize in place of your profile photo.

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