I'm trying to only show the tags that are associated to the currently logged in author; I've got this 99% working, but the author can still choose tags associated to other users via the "Choose from the most used tags" link.

How can I edit this to exclude any tags whose meta tag "author" does not match the currently logged in user's ID?

I'm using this solution to limit everything else.

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So that tag cloud seems to be a regular tag cloud generated by an AJAX request. This box appears to be the only place a tagcloud is generated via AJAX, so we can use that knowledge to use the get_terms filter to filter any term queries performed in that AJAX request.

function wpse_277075_filter_tag_cloud( $terms, $taxonomies, $args, $term_query ) {
    if ( is_admin() && isset( $_POST['action'] ) && $_POST['action'] === 'get-tagcloud' ) {
        $args['meta_query'] = array(
                'key'   => 'author',
                'value' => get_current_user_id(),

        $terms = $term_query->query( $args );

        return $terms;

    return $terms;
add_filter( 'get_terms', 'wpse_277075_filter_tag_cloud', 10, 4 );

Inside the get_terms filter callback, I've checked for the $_POST['action'] variable because this will tell us if we're in the AJAX request. Then we re-perform the tag query, but this time with a meta_query filtering the results.

Note: This code assumes that the author is set via a meta_key of author which is set to a user ID.

  • Thanks, that works perfectly! I was overthinking it, trying to find a hook specific to the editor :) Commented Aug 16, 2017 at 15:29

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