Facebook Not Testing Photo Tag Request

Facebook appeared to be testing a photo tag request and approval system on a small subset of users. The feature sends a request to a user each time they’re tagged in a photo, and the tag won’t appear until the user approves it. However, the feature — at least as seen in the screenshots — is an older feature, generated when someone who is not friends with you tags people in photos you own.

If someone who you’re not friends with tries to tag a photo that you own, the action will generate the photo tag request. You, as the photo owner, then sees the request in the requests page interface, and can approve or ignore it.

[This article has been updated. The photo tag request appeared to be for users you were already friends with, about your photos. That would have been a major user experience change from how photo tagging has worked to date.]