Facebook Map – Privacy Settings

I have been getting a lot of questions about the Facebook map and privacy issues so I am going to provide a detailed explanation of how to remove or hide a location from the map.

Step One: Don’t add locations to posts

The first thing you should know, is that the best way to prevent locations from showing up on your map is to stop tagging locations. So, simply put, don’t tag pages or locations for places you visit. If you tag something that has a location attached to it, it will show up on your map. So, for example, if you visit “Curtis’ Kingdom” which is a location on Facebook, don’t tag it. If you do, that location will show up on your map. Look at the images below to see what I mean.

 

 

 

 

 

Here I have tagged my geographic location (Mechanicsburg) and my exact location (Curtis’ Kingdom.)  Curtis’ Kingdom is now on my Map.

 

Here is what the post actually looks like on my Timeline.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Step Two: Removing or Hiding Locations

If you have put a location on the map, you can remove it or you can hide it.

The first thing to do is access the map. Begin by clicking on your name next to your profile picture. Then, if you do not see the icon for your map, click on the tab listing.

Like this:

 

 

 

 

 

Remove the Location

To remove a location you need to find the original post and delete it. This will remove it from the map. This is the only way to completely remove a location. You cannot remove the location and leave the post, at least not as of right now.

Hide the Location

If you don’t want to remove the post, you can change the privacy settings of the location on the map. You do so by clicking on the location on the map and then clicking on the settings for privacy.

 

1. Click on the map

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2. Work your way to the location you want to hide. First I clicked on the number 45 above. That focused me closer to the specific location I want to edit.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3. Click on the specific location and look for the privacy option. The privacy option looks like a globe, two people, or a lock, depending on the setting. The location below can currently be seen by my Facebook friends.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4. Click on the privacy option to change the settings. If you want to hide it change it to Only Me. Then you will see a lock to indicate only you can see the location.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Once you change the location to Only Me, no one will be able to see the location but you. It will still show up on your map when you look at it.

 

Comments

  1. Hi! I have a question about this. What do you do when it is your friend that has been tagging you? I don’t want to remove my name from all posts with friends, but when I try to edit the settings of the tag in the map, this comes up:
    Who can see tags on your profile:
    Friends of Friends; Except: Limited Profile
    Who can see this photo:
    Heidi’s friends of friends
    Do this means that if I edit the setting of tags on my profile to only friends for example, then only my friends will also see it on the map? And that the “heidi’s friends of friends” only apply to the picture? Or does this make it so that “heidi’s friends of friends” can see it on my map anyway? Thank you for your help in advance!
    xx Monica

    • Hi Monica:

      I reviewed Facebook’s information on tagging to make sure my answer is correct. It looks like if you are tagged you can see it, if anyone else is tagged, their friends can see it too. If you are the only one tagged, only you and your friends should be able to see it. At least that is how I interpret what I just read.

      Here is a way to test. If you have a mutual friend of Heidi, unfriend her, and have her look. If she can still see it, that means friends of friends can see it. (Of course, refriend once you are done.)

      You can head the whole thing off by requiring approval for tags.

      Privacy
      Timeline and Tagging
      Approve (On)

      Then if someone tags you you will see it, and it will require your approval, which you can refuse.

      As far as old tags, you can go into your timeline and change them. Go into your activity log, click on All. Next click posts with location. You can adjust the posts from there.

  2. I was wondering whether GPS locations in photo EXIF data were used by Facebook Maps. But it seems FB strips the EXIF GPS data out when you post a photo – very sensible. I just hope they don’t retrospectively change that policy.

    Source:
    http://www.windowsitpro.com/blog/security-blog-12/socialmedia/facebook-handles-image-exif-data-141543#/0

  3. excuse me how to remove map direction from message which had sent to anthor friend please tell me how?

  4. on my map i have 368 locations of which i want to change the privacy. is there a way to change them in a batch instead of going one by one?

    i’m afraid i already know the answer…

    • I don’t know of a way to batch change them. The only thing I can think of that might work (I stress the might) is to change the past post setting on your account.

      If you want to try it, go to privacy, find “Limit the Audience for Past Posts” and click on it. If it does what it says it does, it will change all of your past posts, including the ones you used on your map, to friends. But I have never tried it with map posts, so it is a guess.

Speak Your Mind

*