The Brief: Snitch tagging refers to when someone tags someone in a social media post that is criticizing them.


The practice of snitch tagging is generally looked down upon because if the OP wanted the person they’re criticizing to see their post, they could have tagged them themself. Snitch tagging can be done involve personal relationships, celebrity gossip, or political criticism.

An example would be if someone tweeted something negative about someone without tagging them and then a third party tagged the person that the tweet was about in the replies.

When someone snitch tags on a post about a public figure, there is the possibility that this will encourage bullying, trolling, or even more harmful behavior like doxing.

This practice is most often associated with Twitter replies but can also take place in the comments sections of other social media platforms.