Tagging is an essential tool on Facebook. You can tag your friends and family in a text message, comment, video or image. People can use tags to give their Facebook friends access to group photos or videos. They can also use tags to help their friends find pages or other posts that they think those friends will like. Despite being so useful, tags also contain rules and settings that can sometimes cause them to fail.
Read the article below to find out why you can’t tag people on Facebook.
Can’t tag someone in a Facebook post
From the beginning, Facebook has offered extensive security settings. These settings allow users to control how much of their content Friends, Friends of Friends, or Strangers are allowed to see. Tagging is included in these settings and people can control how they are tagged on the platform. This will affect your ability to tag those people.
See below for the settings that can prevent you from tagging someone on Facebook.
User declined all tags
Users can deny all tags regardless of who tags them or why. This is the most secure privacy setting a user can select regarding tags. This ensures that anyone, regardless of a friend’s status, cannot tag them. The only way to get around this is if that person decides to downgrade the privacy setting.
Facebook does not currently offer user-based tagging settings. For example, it is currently impossible to allow tagging for one or a set of designated friends while denying tagging to others.
User Reviews All Tags
Users can select the tagging option: “See posts where friends tag you before they appear on your timeline?” With this enabled, you can technically still tag them. However, the user can approve or deny all tags. If they approve the tag, the post will continue. If they decline, the tag in your post will be removed.
Facebook Friends Status
If you’re not a friend of the person you’re tagging on Facebook, you can still tag that person. They’ll be notified that you’ve tried to tag them in a post in their timeline feed. From there, they can approve or deny the tag. If they decline the tag, it will disappear from your post.
User deleted tag
Users can also remove the tag from any post regardless of age. If you’ve ever noticed a tag disappearing from a post after processing it successfully, this is probably what happened.
Even if the user has allowed all tags or previously approved one, that tag can be removed at any time.
User deleted account
Sometimes a previously approved tag is suddenly reverted to plain text. While a tag usually disappears when permissions are revoked, this change only removes the link. This happened because the user you tagged disabled or deleted their account.
Should the user ever re-enable their account, the tag will reappear. If they delete the account completely, the tag will be gone forever.
Can’t tag someone in other people’s photos
You can also tag people in other people’s posts. People use this opportunity to quickly share a funny meme or other relevant post with someone they know they want to see. You can often see people tagging others in the comments of posts on public pages. If you’ve ever tried this and it doesn’t work, there are a number of reasons why this could happen.
Settings of the person you tagged
The person you tagged may have a general denial on all of their tags. The post will not appear on their timeline and they will not receive a notification that you have tagged them.
The person you are trying to tag may require all of their tags to be approved first. They will be notified that you want to tag them and can decline. If so, the tag will disappear and the post will not appear on their timeline.
If you’re not Facebook friends with the person, but tag them, the process is the same.
Poster has power over tags
The person who originally posted the content ultimately has control over the tags on that post, regardless of the settings of the person you tried to tag. The user who created the post can control how tagging that post works.
Any attempt to tag someone in a post you didn’t post must be approved by the original poster based on their privacy settings. The person who posted the message can approve or deny the tag. If the tag is rejected, it will be removed.
Can’t tag people on Facebook pages
You can tag Facebook pages in your posts. Many business pages rely on tagging to spread the word about their services and get more exposure. However, sometimes a tag on a business page can fail or disappear from your post. This could have happened for several reasons.
Page reject tags
It’s rare for a Facebook page to disable the ability to completely tag the page. However, it does happen. Like an individual user, a page can choose to deny all tags.
Reviewed tag for page
It’s more common for a business page to review its tags than to reject them altogether. Some pages check all tags and only allow the tags they deem appropriate or useful for their page. If your tag failed, the page probably rejected your tag.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I tag people in a Facebook group?
Yes, you can tag someone in a Facebook group post. However, the tag may fail depending on the user’s privacy and Facebook group settings. The person can also remove the tag later. Note that you can only tag other members of the group in a group post.
I disabled my tags. Can I tag someone else?
Yes, the ability to tag another person is based on the other person’s settings, not your own. You can still tag other people if you chose to disable your tags. If that person has also disabled their tags, you won’t be able to tag them.
Can I stop tags for certain types of content, but allow it for others?
It is not possible to stop tagging certain types of content but allow it for others. For example, you can’t impose general tag negation on videos, but allow all images. The only way to achieve this is to filter out tags you don’t want on the content by reviewing each tag as it was created.
The Facebook Tag Game
Many Facebook users consider tagging an essential part of their social media experience. It’s not uncommon for some Facebook friends to tag each other in multiple posts or comments on a daily basis. For these users, turning on tags is the way they prefer to use Facebook.
For those who prefer to keep tags off or on rating, the ability to check or mute a lot of incoming content will improve their social media experience. Many business pages also prefer this filter, giving them more control over their page’s image.
What’s your preference for tagging? Have you turned the tags on or off on your profile? We want to hear about it in the comments below!