I’m stuck in an endless loop on Facebook, and it’s infuriating.
I like to review which photos and posts people tag me in before approving or rejecting them. It’s a failsafe called Tag Review–you should try it (here’s how).
So I’m going over the things I need to review, and one of them is a picture in which I’m tagged from Christmas vacation. Looks fine, nothing embarrassing, so I approve it by clicking the check box next to it. You can see all this below:
Except that doesn’t approve the picture. Instead, that launches a window that says, “Enable ‘Friends can check you into Places?'” Umm…no thanks. “Places” is the Facebook equivalent of Foursquare. I don’t want to broadcast where I am, and I certainly don’t want other people broadcasting where I am for me.
So I hit “Not Now.” But the picture still isn’t approved. Even hitting the “Approve all” button for all my pending tags does the same thing: it launches a prompt for me to enable my friends checking me into Places.
Why is Facebook forcing me to say where I am in order to approve a photo tag?
Let me get this straight: is Facebook saying that I can’t review tagged photos of me unless I enable check-ins? Because that’s what it’s forcing on me. And the craziest part about this is that check-ins and Places have nothing to do with photo tags. Or at least this particular photo tag, which isn’t connected to any location.
I took steps to protect my privacy by reviewing my tagged items. Now Facebook is giving me an ultimatum: either I opt-in to their Places functionality–which I will never do–or I’ll have my pending photos stuck in review purgatory forever. I guess it’s a standoff, Facebook. I’m not going anywhere.
So let me know, readers: is this just me, or is this happening to you too?