Facebook recently created a shared photo album feature to make it easier for users to share photos with others. Facebook began rolling out shared photo albums to a small group on Monday, August 26, and will expand to all English-speaking Facebook users before opening the feature to international users.

Photo of girl taking photo with her smartphone

When you create a new photo album in Facebook, you will now have the option to check a new “Make Shared Album” box. You can add up to 50 people to the album and each person can upload up to 200 photos. Every contributor can tag, edit and give captions to the photos they add.

Something to think about…

Something to think about when uploading photos to a shared album or social media sites in general – some people may not want their images or the images of their children shared with the world. Nowadays, when people take photos at parties and events, it’s pretty normal to hear the phrase “Please don’t put those on Facebook.” Unless people specifically tell you it’s O.K. to post their photos on Facebook when asked, your safest assumption would be that it is not O.K., especially when dealing with posting photos of  young children. If you aren’t comfortable with the idea of people posting photos of you or your children on Facebook, make sure you let family and friends know this. Everyone has a different opinion regarding privacy, so it’s possible other family and friends may not even realize you wouldn’t want your children’s photos to be shared on Facebook or other social media websites.

Shared Photo Album Privacy Settings

The Facebook shared album’s creator has the ability to decide who sees the photos by setting the privacy settings to just contributors, friends of contributors or public. If you’re a contributor, you can add photos but you won’t be able to adjust the privacy of the album. When you add contributors to an album, the album may be visible on their timelines. Keep in mind that anyone tagged in the photos and their friends may be able to view the album as well. When you tag someone, that photo will be shared with the person tagged and their friends.

What is tagging and how does it work?

A tag is a special kind of link. When you tag someone in Facebook, you create a link to their timeline. The post or photo you tag the person in may also be added to that person’s timeline. For example, you can tag a photo to show who’s in the photo or post a status update and say who you’re with. If you tag a friend in your status update, anyone who sees that update can click on your friend’s name and go to their timeline. Your status update may also show up on that friend’s timeline.

When you tag someone, they’ll be notified. Also, if you or a friend tags someone in your post and the post is set to “friends or more,” the post could be visible to the audience you selected, plus friends of the tagged person.

What is Facebook timeline review? How do you turn timeline review on?

Posts you’re tagged in can appear in your news feed, search and other places on Facebook. Timeline review is part of your activity log and lets you choose whether these photos or posts also appear on your timeline. When people you’re not friends with tag you in a post, they automatically go to timeline review. If you would also like to review tags by friends, you can turn on timeline review for tags from anyone:

  1. Click at the top right of any Facebook page and select Account Settings
  2. In the left column, click Timeline and Tagging
  3. Look for the setting “Review posts friends tag you in before they appear on your timeline?” and click Edit to the far right
  4. Select Enabled from the dropdown menu

Reporting Photos & Videos That Violate Your Privacy Rights

Facebook provides people with ways to report photos and videos that they believe to be in violation of their privacy rights. Facebook states “We will remove photos and videos that you report as unauthorized if this is required by relevant privacy laws in your country, as long as the reported content involves you, your child (under 13) or another person for whom you are the legal representative or guardian.” Photos or videos involving anyone else will need to be reported by the individuals themselves.


Link to Facebook’s shared photo album FAQ’s

Link to Facebook’s image privacy rights information and reporting forms

Link to Facebook’s Family Safety Center