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The Complete Guide to Facebook Privacy Settings

by on March 20, 2018
in Facebook, Computers and Software, Computer Safety & Support, Tips & How-Tos, Privacy, Tech 101, Social Networking :: 310 comments

Privacy concerns and privacy controls on Facebook are ever changing. When you post a picture of your kids at a family gathering, which one of your Facebook friends can share it? What private information are those Facebook game apps collecting on you for "third-party uses"? How do you make sure that live video stream is seen only by people you choose? Every action you take on Facebook has privacy and sharing implications that need to be considered before you upload that next selfie.

Fortunately, thanks to vocal demands for transparency from both Facebook users and government regulators around the world, Facebook has been making the process of managing your privacy easier. Below is our step-by-step guide to taking full control of your Facebook privacy settings.

Facebook Privacy

The basic privacy options

If you’re not ready to dive into Facebook’s substantial settings menu, there’s a more user-friendly guide through the more vital privacy settings. Click on the question mark symbol in the top right of any Facebook page when you’re logged in, and select Privacy Check-up, an easy-to-follow walkthrough of your current settings as they pertain to "Posts", "Apps" and "Profile".

(Alternately, for an even quicker speed-tuneup, you can adjust who can see your posts, send you friend requests, or block users by hitting the question mark symbol and selecting Privacy shortcuts.)

Posts

Starting with Posts, you can check your default sharing setting. We recommend the Friends setting over the Public one. When set to Public all your posts can be seen by anyone on or off Facebook. Unless you're a celebrity or running a page that is used to generate interest in a business you run, you will likely want to keep your activity restricted to those you have Friended.

The Friend setting has a few tweaks you should be aware of as well. By clicking on the sharing setting button, then the More Options button, you will see the Custom option. Click on that and you will see that you can include all your Friends while excluding the names of certain Facebook friends you don't want to see your updates. It is also important to note that the Friends of anyone tagged in your post or photos will be able to see that post unless you uncheck the option in this window.

If you have joined any Facebook groups or made lists of Facebook friends, you can restrict the posts that way or hide your posts from those groups and lists as well. Want just your college friends to see your late night party pictures? Want to make sure your work friends don't see your selfie at the beach when you called in sick? This is where these restrictions could come in handy both on a per post basis or as an overall option.

Finally, remember that you can change the sharing settings of any individual Facebook update by clicking on the sharing button to the left of the Post button. You can even go back to change settings of previous posts by clicking on the people icon at the top of the post, to the right of the date stamp.

Facebook Privacy: Check Your Status Update Settings

Apps

Remember the Candy Crush Facebook game you played too much last year? How about that Instagram Facebook app you forgot you installed? Each app on the site you agreed to install has permission to post to your Friends list unless you told it otherwise at the time you installed it. Can't remember? This part of the tool shows you each app attached to your account and what sharing permissions it has. These settings also control who can see that you have the app installed.

If you don't use the app anymore, just delete it by clicking on the x. While checking my own app list while writing this guide, I found many apps I no longer use that had sharing rights on my account. I deleted all that I'm not actively using and set the sharing permissions of the remaining ones to Only Me.

Facebook Privacy

Profile

Here you can see the privacy setting on your email addresses, birthday, hometown, relationship status and other personal details about your life. Under emails it will show the one you registered with when you first signed up for Facebook as well as one Facebook has assigned to you (which you likely will never use). I discovered that I left my Gmail account public, which I hadn't meant to.

For your birthday, the sharing settings are split between the day/month and the year. That way your Friends can wish you happy birthday on Facebook on your special day without necessarily knowing your exact age.

For hometown, this setting only affects what your Friends can see. Advertisers and others may still access this information, especially if you are using the Facebook app which tracks your location automatically.

Finally, if you have set a relationship with another Facebook user, it will be shared unless you set otherwise.

It's important to note that this is only a partial list of the information you're sharing. To see the full list, click the My About Page button, which will take you to your profile page. On there, you can review the various sections—Work and Education, Places You've Lived, Contact and Basic Info, Family and Relationships, Details About You, and Life Events —and make changes hovering over each and clicking the link that appears.

Facebook Privacy

The advanced privacy options

Here you can exert more control of what is being shared with whom. Which is never a bad idea. You've likely gone through this at least once in the past, but it's a great idea to review your settings at least once a year.

To get to the advanced privacy settings, click the drop down arrow in the top right on any Facebook page, click "Settings," and then "Privacy" in the left navigation column. 

Who can see my stuff?

Who can see your future posts? This is the same as the Your Posts section above. 

Review all your posts and things you're tagged in Ever been tagged in an embarrassing photo uploaded by that distant college classmate? You can use the Activity Log page and select the Posts You're Tagged In (in the left column) and the Photos > Photos of You (also in the left column) to check out what you've been tagged in. You can then remove the tag (click the dropdown arrow on the left of the post or photo and then click on the the Remove Tag button at the top of the page) or simply click Hide so they don’t appear on your Timeline.

Review your other activity on Facebook. Hitting “More” after Photos, Likes and Comments reveals other items that may have been automatically posted to your Timeline and your friends’ news feeds, including friends made, events attended, and videos watched (these are embedded video posts that are separate from video apps, and isn’t controlled from the Apps menu above).

Some of these, such as friends made, can only be tweaked to be allowed or hidden on your Timeline. For “videos watched”, you can hover over the padlock to view who can see that you’ve watched it, or choose to delete the post. You can also Clear Video Watch History at the top of the page, and manually update privacy settings by individual posts from music, news and games apps. Click on each section to make sure that the audiences for every category of activity is ok with you.

Limit the audience for your old posts for your Timeline This will revert all your previous posts from "Public" or "Friends of Friends" to just "Friends". But if you've tagged a Friend in one of your posts, their Friends can see that since that is the default setting when tagging someone.

Facebook Live – private, friends or public? For live video stream posts from your smartphone, the default setting for each video stream will be the privacy level you set for regular posts and photos.

You may want to be a little less selective for live-stream video if you’re shooting something news-worthy (or if your plan is to go viral), or more selective when you’re just testing something out.

Either way, fire up the usual status update and select Live Video or the little red person icon. If it’s your first time, you’ll also want to grant Facebook permission to access your camera and microphone. You’ll see your name and profile pic and underneath, the permission level for the video. Tap to edit and select an audience from options of Friends, friends minus a couple no-no’s for reasons of your own, or public to be viewable by anyone on or off Facebook.

If you run a Facebook Page and have professional video software or hardware (more information here) you can also stream from your computer, but as you’re assumed to want to reach your usual audience, there’s no option to tweak post visibility separate to your regular posts.

Who can contact me?

Who can send you friend requests? The default is Everybody, but the only other choice is Friends of Friends.

Who can look me up?

Who can you look you up with the email address you provided? If someone types in the email address you registered with, they can send you a message which will likely land in the Other tab on the Messages page. You can restrict it to Friends of Friends or just Friends (who can message you anyway), if you don't want to be bothered.

Who can look you up using the phone number you provided? Same as the email address.

Do you want other search engines to link to your timeline? Your first impulse may be to turn this off, but Facebook only allows information you've marked as Public to be shown to other search engines. They see it as a way for friends not on Facebook to find you. They do this with your basic information they always make public which is, according to Facebook, "...your name, gender, username and user ID (account number), profile picture, cover photo and networks." Whatever you choose for all three of the above settings, anyone will still be able to find your profile simply by looking up your name in Facebook search.

Facebook Timeline and Tagging Settings

Timeline and tagging options

Now that you've mastered the basics, go down to the next section, Timeline and Tagging. From there, you can control exactly who sees what on your timeline, who can post to your timeline, and who can tag you in photos and posts.

To customize your timeline settings, click on the down arrow in the far upper right corner to reveal a drop-down menu and select Settings.

Who can add things to my timeline?

Who can post on your timeline? It's set by default to Friends and the only other option is to allow only yourself to post on your timeline.

Review posts friends tag you in before they appear on your timeline? If you are concerned about getting tagged in a photo that you don't want all your friends on Facebook to see, this is the setting for you. Once enabled, you'll have to manually approve any photo or posts you are tagged in before they appear on your timeline. Note that this only affects your timeline; those updates will still appear in searches, the news feed and other places unless you un-tag yourself. (Alternately, you can extricate yourself from incriminating posts by clicking on the offending post, then the arrow in the top right to “Remove Tag”.)

Who can see things on my Timeline?

Review what other people see on your Timeline. Click “View As” for the perfect way to check that your mother or boss won't see what you don't want them to.

Who can see posts you've been tagged in on your Timeline? These areas give you a great deal of flexibility, with options ranging from Everyone to Friends of Friends to custom lists. Using this and the below setting in conjunction with manually approving what photos and updates you've been tagged in goes a long way to keep prying eyes away from more sensitive Facebook updates.

Who can see what others post on your timeline? As above, you have flexibility with options ranging from Everyone to Friends of Friends to custom lists. Using this in conjunction with manually approving what photos and updates you've been tagged in goes a long way to keep prying eyes away from more sensitive Facebook updates.

How can I manage tags people add and tagging suggestions?

Review tags people add to your own posts before the tags appear on Facebook? This is an important option if you are concerned about a photo appearing on your profile. This applies only to photo tagging by your Facebook friends. You'll always be notified if someone who's not your friend tags you in a photo.

When you're tagged in a post, who do you want to add to the audience if they aren't already in it? This one sounds more complicated than it is. Often a Facebook friend of yours will make a post and tag you in it. The option here allows all of your Facebook friends to see an update or photo you've been tagged in by someone they aren't friends with themselves (the Friends of Friends function). You can choose to remain tagged but have none of your other Facebook friends see that update, limit who sees that update to certain groups of friends, or you can outright block certain Facebook friends altogether by using the Custom option.

Who sees tag suggestions when photos that look like you are uploaded? Facebook uses face-matching technology to suggest who you should tag in photos. It will only suggest people that are on the user's friends list. If you don't want to show up as an option when your friends are tagging photos, set this to No One.

Facebook Manage Blocking

Manage blocking

If you want to take steps to keep people away from your profile, this is the section for you.

Restricted list

If you don't want to un-friend somebody but also don't want them to see all of your information, you can add them to the Restricted List. This means they can see your public information, but they have no way of knowing you’ve limited their view (unless they happen to see someone browsing your profile who isn't restricted).

Block users

You can also just straight up block somebody. This means this person cannot be your friend. This is an excellent setting if you have stalkers or other people consistently bothering you. Note that this does not stop them from interacting with you in apps, games or groups you're both a part of.

Block messages

Block messages If you’re receiving unwelcome messages and video calls from someone, you can put a stop to that here – and it carries over to the Messenger app too. However, the pest in question will still be able to post to your Timeline unless you block them as a user (above). 

Block app invites

In addition to blocking and restricting people from your profile, you can also block app invitations on a user-by-user basis. So if your Aunt Jackie keeps bombarding you with FarmVille apps, you know what to do.

Block event invites

Tired of your nephew inviting you to his New York City raves every weekend? Typing the name of the Facebook user into this section will stop you from seeing any future event invites from that person.

Block apps

Some apps and Facebook games are great fun at first, but after a while, you want to drop them. You can remove the app or game (see the Apps you use section, below) or block the app, which means it can no longer contact you or get non-public information about you through Facebook. If you are getting emails from the app, you will have to use the unsubscribe link at the bottom of the email.

Block pages

Is that discount fashion site you liked bombarding you with updates from its Facebook Page? Block ‘em here, where you’ll also automatically unlike and unfollow the Page. You can also block other Pages (i.e., public pages for businesses and celebrities) from commenting on or liking your posts.

Customize app privacy

You handled a lot of this with the Privacy Checkup, but in the Settings section there are additional controls for the apps where you’ve logged in with Facebook. 

App settings

Facebook app privacy

Click on each app to view the information that it is collecting from your Facebook profile – your public profile, as well as things like your friends list, date of birth, pages you like, and more. Here you can tweak which of these pieces of data can be collected (except public profile, which is required by all apps). You can also remove the app entirely from the main screen by clicking the ‘X’, however, that doesn’t delete the information the app already has about you.

For future app logins with Facebook, it’s wise to set what info the app can collect – when signing up for the first time, click “Edit This” to choose which data you want to share. 

Apps, websites and Platforms

Facebook Platform and Apps Others Use

Facebook Platform provides third parties access to personal data you share with Facebook. It's how Cambridge Analytica, the company was recently suspended by Facebook while under investigation for election interference, was able to access the data of more than 50 million users in 2014. Facebook Platform also enables third parties you engage with to collect information on your Facebook friends.

Disabling Facebook Platform means you’ll no longer be able to login to websites, mobile games or applications using Facebook or see app requests from friends, but you’ll still be able to use apps and play games on Facebook and elsewhere. If you choose to keep Facebook Platform enabled, you can limit your exposure by selecting the data that apps that your Facebook Friends use can access. 

Facebook app settings

Apps others use

When your Facebook friends use certain apps, those apps access your public information and more. See the full list in the image to the right. There's quite a bit you may not be comfortable sharing without your knowledge. Most of it is enabled by default. Be sure to go through the list and check off what you don't want shared. Note that your public profile info, friend list and gender is not on this list - but these are shared with your friends’ apps (unless you turn off Platform, above). 

Follower Settings

Facebook follower privacy settings

If you’re lucky enough to have people hanging off your every post, you can decide to widen your net of followers here. Friends follow by default, but you can change it to the only other option - let Everyone view your public posts (you can set public-ness each time you post). 

Ads

targeted advertising. Here you can see what information is influencing the ads you see, on Facebook and around the web.

Your information

Under About you, you can turn off whether details such as your relationship status, education level or job title can be used to target advertising to you. However, this does not stop Facebook from using this information to categorize your profile for advertisers, or from ads being shown.

Your categories

Want to know who exactly Facebook’s advertisers think you are? Click here to see what descriptors that your activity on Facebook and outside has revealed about you. Most of my fields were related to factual items such as “Gmail Users”, though there were a couple interesting deductions too, such as “Early technology adopters”.

You can delete them all to start afresh, or if you want no interest-based ads on or off Facebook. Just click the X on the right of each item.  

Facebook Ads privacy

Ad Settings

Ads based on myour use of websites and apps Thanks to the Facebook “Like” buttons littered around the internet, and snippets of code that mean non-Like-enabled sites are still reporting movement back to Facebook, nearly anywhere you click online is used to build a profile of you that Facebook can then sell to advertisers so they can show targeted ads to you while you’re browsing Facebook.

If that makes you uncomfortable, you can turn it off here. You’ll still see advertising on Facebook, it just won’t be based on all those steam mops you were looking up.    

Ads on apps and websites off of the Facebook Companies Since Facebook operates its own ad network of sites, it can also target you with ads even when you’re not browsing Facebook – essentially, at any site that uses its ad technology. But the permission is trickily worded – it asks if it can use your Facebook ad preferences, so choose Yes and make sure you review the section below entitled Ad Preferences. Even if you’ve always turned off targeted ads based on browsing (above), Facebook can use information on your profile, such as Likes, to create ad preferences.

Regardless, you’ll most likely still receive targeted ads outside Facebook that are based on your age, gender and location, as well as browsing activity on sites that are part of other ad networks. If you want to stop seeing-based ads in general, you can opt out at the Digital Advertising Alliance - though it notes that the opt-out can only apply to participating companies.

Ads with your social actions

If you like, comment on or share a Page (say, owned by a business or brand), Facebook can broadcast it as an advertisement to all your friends.

This also applies to apps used (for example, Spotify) and events joined (say, if you hit attend for a café’s Veggie Fridays). You can flip the audience for all this between Friends and No One.

And that's Facebook Privacy in a (gigantic) nutshell

That covers your privacy setting options on Facebook. If you want to dig in even further, Facebook has a page explaining the basics of Facebook privacy tools as well as Facebook's latest data policies.

Updated on 6/26/2017

[shocked woman with laptop via Shutterstock, all other images via Facebook]



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Custom List & Friends of Friends Tagged

From Anonymous on September 05, 2016 :: 7:33 pm

Hi.  My question is this: if I allow an album to be visible to my friends + friends tagged, but also use the custom option of “Don’t share with these people or lists” ... and I input names of friends that I have that my tagged friend in the album also has (mutual friends,) will those in the “don’t share with” list still see the album since the “friends of anyone tagged” is checked?

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why can everyone see my stuff?

From Robin Privett on September 12, 2016 :: 7:43 pm

Hi
I only want my profile pic to be visible when someone searches my name.  But everything I have ever posted still shows to complete strangers.  Help! and Thanks

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Why can't I block someone?

From Donna Edmond on September 13, 2016 :: 8:26 am

Help!I have tried every option to block someone and facebook says that i can’t. Why is that? How do I get around that?

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privacy

From Robin Privett on September 13, 2016 :: 4:22 pm

Hi, my daughter and I and tested something out to prove what we feared.  We unfriended each other and then searched each other.  When finding a link to our names and clicking we can both see everything on both our pages.  We have tried to set our pages to Private so only our profile shows and that’s it.  What are we doing wrong?  We don’t want non friends or browsing random people to be able to see our pictures and posts.
Thank you!!!!

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Public posts

From Helen on September 16, 2016 :: 5:19 pm

If I post a comment on a public Facebook site does that allow anyone who sees it to access my Facebook? Or can they only see that one public post? I have privacy set to friends only but wondered if such a post would give others access to my posts on my Facebook.

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Josh, Do you understand what I am asking here?

From Helen on September 22, 2016 :: 9:34 am

I recently attended a play and wanted to go on their public website and post a picture and comment about how great the play was. But will that allow anyone who can see my post to see my Facebook page. I have it set to friends only. Thank you.

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I have a business Page

From Adam on September 20, 2016 :: 3:19 pm

Hi I have a tech support business page, would it be ok for me to post a link on my page to this page as a lot of people ask me about facebook security and this is about the the best guide iv’e seen?

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Of course

From Josh Kirschner on September 21, 2016 :: 9:27 am

You’re always welcome to add a link to our articles on your pages if you find them helpful.

Best,
Josh

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How do I stop Facebook from allowing sites I shop from to send my information to the online messages

From J on September 20, 2016 :: 8:27 pm

I purchased two things today from outside sites, under a different name and email address than my FB account, and I received notifications from the companies in my Messages. Not Messenger, I don’t use that. Apparently, there is a new plug in Facebook has provided to retail sites that automatically links the two. How do I turn off THIS privacy invasion?

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Friends of Friends and use of Restricted List

From Ann on September 26, 2016 :: 12:45 pm

I’ve previously set all my posts to public because I have nothing to hide, and I run a home business where it helps for potential customers to get to “know” me before we go further in a transaction.  But, I have a few people who need to be on a restricted list.  If I switch my posts’ privacy settings to the custom “friends” and “friends of friends”, are the people on my restricted list unable to see those posts.  Which is my intention.  If I set posts to custom, then clients and potential clients can still see enough about me to get to know me.  But, I really want that restricted list to only see my public posts now.  All info about restricted lists, only mention that they can’t see my posts marked friends.  But, they don’t mention if they can see my posts marked friends of friends.  Any help is appreciated!

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Yes, you can restrict friends of friends

From Josh Kirschner on September 26, 2016 :: 2:30 pm

Yes, you can restrict people from friends of friends in the custom settings, but I would strongly encourage you to rethink that approach. Especially once you start spreading out to friends of friends, it makes it increasingly likely that someone on your restricted list will see or find out about your post. Facebook is a social platform and things you post can get spread around, so act accordingly.

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Restricted List & Friends of Friends

From Ann on September 26, 2016 :: 2:47 pm

So, just to clarify.  I can put these two people on my restricted list, and if I change all pertinent posts to friends of friends, they still cannot see it themselves.

Luckily, my posts are all G rated and positive.  But, these two are trolling to knock negative vibes into my positive posts.  But ... they’re family.

UGH.

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Yes, that would work

From Josh Kirschner on September 26, 2016 :: 4:31 pm

According to Facebook, they would not see your posts unless they are tagged in it or you post as Public if they are on your restricted list.

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Thank you!

From Ann on September 26, 2016 :: 6:54 pm

Since I was only seeing the restricted list pertain to “friends” and not “friends of friends”, I just wanted to make sure.

grin

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Different settings for different pages I manage?

From Elmarie Tredoux on October 01, 2016 :: 8:01 am

I want to make business pages public, but keep my personal profile private (friends only). how do I do that?

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Those have completely separate privacy settings

From Josh Kirschner on October 05, 2016 :: 9:16 am

Your business page privacy settings have nothing to do with your personal settings. Business pages are public by default. Changes you make to your business page will only affect that page ad not impact the privacy settings for your personal page.

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Why is a blocked person showing up as my friend on my friend's suggested friend's' list

From Michele on October 08, 2016 :: 2:43 pm

I’ve had a person blocked for over 6 months.  Today on my fiance’s page it showed I was friend’s with the blocked person (we have 4 mutual friends)  and suggested that person as a friend to my fiancĂ©.  If the person has been blocked for 6 months, why is my fiancĂ© receiving a post on his page showing I’m friend’s with the blocked person and suggests they be friend’s?  How can I prevent this from happening again with other people I have blocked?

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unfriend

From Margaret Woodward on October 09, 2016 :: 5:33 am

How do I unfriend someone on my Facebook account?

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Easy

From Josh Kirschner on October 11, 2016 :: 12:01 pm

Just go to that person’s profile page and you should see a dropdown box near the top that says “Friends”. Click that and you can “Unfriend”. Or go to your profile pages and find that person under your Friends section. You can also Unfriend from there.

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Facebook business page privacy settings

From Pete Ormsbee on October 10, 2016 :: 2:43 pm

Hi, I recently set up a business page and I would like the privacy settings to be different than the settings I have for my personal page. With my personal page, I set it so I don’t show up in search engines. Obviously, I want my business page to show up. Is there a way to do this?  Thanks!

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They are separate setting

From Josh Kirschner on October 11, 2016 :: 11:57 am

Facebook business page privacy settings are completely different than your personal settings. All business pages will be visible by default unless set to “unpublished”.

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Posting in a Secret Group

From Mike on October 20, 2016 :: 3:56 pm

Hello,

I have made posts in a ‘secret’ group and assumed that only people within that group would be able to view them. It seems, however, that the same post appears on my timeline and therefore all my friends(who don’t belong to the original group) can see the posts too. Is there a way o rectifying this so that my posts in the secret group are NOT visible to my other friends?

Thank you.

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How i can see daily updates of that person, who not add me in his friend list

From Khushbu Shah on November 02, 2016 :: 11:34 pm

Hi
Want to check one person’s daily updates and all, but we are not friends, so i can’t see his all post, because of his privacy settings.
But because of some reason, i want to see his daily updates.
So what can i do for this ?

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Friends-of-Friends sometimes unacknowledged as having Mutual Friends

From Prince of Parties on November 07, 2016 :: 3:47 am

From time to time, I notice that one or other of my Friends will have a Friends-only post that has either Comments or Likes from people that are either:
- not on their Friendlist; or
- do not show our Mutual Friend as a Mutual Friend on their Timeline when I look at it.

I have noticed this with both Friends that allow me to see their Friendlist and Friends that do not.

I realise that between the Comment or Like being made, and my viewing of the Post that the Friend-of-a-Friend may have Unfriended my Friend, or been Unfriended by my Friend.  However, I have witnessed it many times, and sometimes the Post may only be a few minutes (or seconds) old.

What is going on?

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Public

From Aaron William Quinn on November 15, 2016 :: 7:44 pm

Even though I have chosen ‘Public’ in the Privacy Settings, almost all of my posts are still hidden. I noticed that the setting said it will apply to all of my future posts but I would like my whole timeline to be visible. I don’t post very much and I want what I post to be seen publicly. How can I change that?

Thanks.

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Posting a URL in a page I am an Admin of

From Brandon Swarthout on November 17, 2016 :: 9:40 am

When I try to post a url in a page I manage as that page the browser times out. This happens in ie, chrome, and Firefox. When I try to post as myself it works fine. I created a new facebook profile and added that profile as an admin and it works fine. This leads me to believe that some setting in my profile is preventing this. I know all the other admins of this page do not have the same problem. This was working a week ago.

Thanks,
Brandon

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Restricted or not?

From Faith on November 29, 2016 :: 1:33 am

Recently a friend of mine posted something and I ‘Like’ the page. After a few hours when I log in again, my Like button doesn’t show up. Am I restricted or not? Is there anyway a friend can undo the like button? I am positive that I hit the Like button.

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Privacy settings for joining events and groups / pages

From Scott on November 30, 2016 :: 7:48 pm

I’m trying to figure out how to prevent every event I RSVP for from automatically appearing in the news feeds of all of my friends. I know I can click on my activity log and change the privacy setting for that particular event after the fact, but I need to remember to do this each time. Is there a way to change the default setting? From what I gather searching around on Google, there used to be a way to do this, but there doesn’t appear to be any more. Is that accurate?

Also, are my friends notified in their news feeds every time I join a page or group? If so, is there a way to stop this?

I know that if the events/groups/pages are public, my name will appear in the list of members or attendees, which is fine. But that doesn’t mean that I necessarily want to publicize my participation.

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People I have blocked still able to see what I have posted....

From Tracy on December 10, 2016 :: 4:14 pm

So when I post, tag someone, or respond to a comment people I have blocked can still see this on mutual friends FB page…how do I stop this?

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Please help - Status, Photo/Video, OfferEvent+ Missing

From Tim on December 11, 2016 :: 6:04 pm

I just set up a new business page under my personal profile and Status, Photo/Video, and OfferEvent+ options are missing on the bar above the “Write something…” area. In addition, I am also seeing 6 boxes with options to “Advertise Your Business,” “Get Phone Calls,” “Get Messages,” “Create an Event,” “Create an Offer,” and “Write a Note” below the “Write Something” area.

On my other business page, the Status, Photo/Video, and OfferEvent+ are visible and they are also visible on my personal page. These two do not have the 6 boxes below (“Advertise Your Business..” etc.). Please help! Thank you!

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Seeing my profile pic instantly but is not a friend of FB

From Me on December 15, 2016 :: 8:24 pm

Hi,
I’m having this issue, where every time I change my profile pic, and I know profile pics are Public, but this person I know but am not friends with on FB, sees it and gets a alert about it. I think she’s using google alerts, but am not sure How can i prevent this? She’s basically stalking me!

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Cant find 'My Profile' as indicated above

From Kerri S on January 03, 2017 :: 11:28 am

Ive tried every section. I DID find how to add things like life events, education, etc. I want the section like you have above, but not steps listed how to get there. To check my email, who can see it, etc. The ‘Your Profile’ and who can see it, etc. I tried Googling and FB for the answer too, Im sure its easy, I just cant find it.

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Restricting old posts

From Laurie on January 05, 2017 :: 12:15 pm

If you add a new friend and restrict thier view.  How can you stop them from seeing the old posts before they were friends

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Manually change privacy for every old post

From Josh Kirschner on January 18, 2017 :: 2:30 pm

If the old posts were set to “Friends”, then the only way to restrict a new friend from seeing them is to manually change the privacy of every old post to restrict them. Doesn’t sound very practical…

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Friends

From Anna on January 18, 2017 :: 1:03 am

Just wondering how I can find or set up “the new friends I made in a given year” for myself without having to look through my activity log for an hour (which I already did).

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That's the best approach

From Josh Kirschner on January 18, 2017 :: 2:37 pm

The activity log is the place to do it. However, to make it much easier, you can filter the activity log to show only “friends”. Once in the activity log area, just click Friends in the left column to filter.

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Friends

From Anna on January 18, 2017 :: 5:34 pm

Thanks!  I used the filter on the activity log and it’s much easier than before.

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Question about facebook member using a persons info

From Teresa on January 31, 2017 :: 9:58 pm

Someone on facebook is writing a book and is using my information from facebook in their book. Can they be allowed to do this without my concent or knowledge? What rights do I have and how can I stop them from doing this?

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It depends

From Josh Kirschner on February 10, 2017 :: 10:12 am

Depending on where you live, your rights may be protected by privacy laws. Also, depending on what content they’re using, you may have copyright protection of your posts, photos or other creations.

This, however, is a question best addressed to an attorney who can help you assess your rights in this particular situation.

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Close friends and tagging

From Liz on February 09, 2017 :: 10:08 am

Hi. If i set a post to close friends only, but tag a friend in the post, im assuming their friends can then see the post? How do i stop this please?

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Yes, but you can stop it

From Josh Kirschner on February 10, 2017 :: 10:16 am

According to Facebook: When you tag someone, that content (ex: photo, post) may be shared with the person tagged and their friends. This means that if you haven’t already included their friends in the audience, their friends may now be able to see it. For example, if you tag Jane in a photo shared with your friends, the audience expands to Friends (+) to include your friends and Jane’s.

If you don’t want your photo, post or other content to be visible to the friends of the person tagged, you can turn this setting off for each post when you post it. To do this, click the audience selector next to the story, select Custom, and uncheck the Friends of those tagged box.

For more details see: https://www.facebook.com/help/240051956039320?helpref=faq_content

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nic nisgchal

From Nishxal Kto on March 02, 2017 :: 3:11 am

Nice nishchal

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Friend Request: Friend of Friends - NOT !

From Howard Haradon on March 05, 2017 :: 6:12 pm

Hi, I have no friends on facebook.  I set my friend requests to come only from friends of friends (that means nobody).  Why do I continure to receive friend requests from various unknown people?
Thanks for any ideas.
HH

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Are you sure about you're seeing friend requests?

From Josh Kirschner on March 07, 2017 :: 10:55 am

I looked up your profile on Facebook (I assume the url is the “not.howard” one) and I cannot send you a friend request. So it seethe privacy setting seems to be working as intended. Are you sure you’re getting friend requests and not Facebook messages or something else? Are you sure they are “requests” (something someone actually sent you) and not “suggestions” (people Facebook thinks you may know, for one reason or another).

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Hide/disable wall

From Sharon on March 10, 2017 :: 12:44 am

Hi there,

Wondering if there’s a quick and easy way (without deleting individual posts) that you can hide your entire wall, even from your friends, so that you only have the message & photo functionality of facebook?

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Not really

From Josh Kirschner on March 13, 2017 :: 4:29 pm

You can hide “Sections” from your wall, so that these things won’t appear in your timeline. However, individual stories posted to these section may still be visible to friends. The only way to make individual posts not visible is to change each post’s privacy settings.

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Blocking Page Followers from Friending Me

From Elodie Turpin on March 10, 2017 :: 3:50 pm

Hi, thanks for the info! I am an admin of several business pages and would like to block people who follow my business page from friending me personally. Is there a setting for this?
Thanks!

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Yes, you can block people from following

From Josh Kirschner on March 13, 2017 :: 4:37 pm

Via Facebook: To manage who can follow you and who can see your posts:
- Click at the top-right corner and select Settings.
- Click Public Posts on the left.
- Select Friends or Public next to Who Can Follow Me.

Your only choices, though, are “public” and “friends” (who follow you automatically, anyway). You can’t target any more specifically.

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This group needs to be stopped!

From Teresa on March 13, 2017 :: 3:32 pm

Hi,
I joined a group a while back thinking it was what it claimed to be but it was actually quite the opposite. Everything about this group is misleading. I was ridiculed, called names, made fun of, humiliated, and even my medical issues and disability was attached. I reported them to Facebook but they did nothing. Now u think I would of left the group and after I regained my composure back, I went to leave the group and thats when I noticed that they to where doing this to other people. So I stayed and have made it my mission to try and either warn or comfort new victims who get lured in. Since then I have collected posts from administraters admitting their intentions are to purposely mislead and humiliate the people who join. They also join other groups and have members of their group join those groups to break them down and make chaos. This group is down right cruel. How Facebook could allow them to continue to do this just floors me. I am all for free speach and a persons rights, trust me I believe in them with everything that I am, but what they are doing is violating and the innocent arent being protected. My question is: How do I put a stop to this group? How do I get Facebook to listen? If I was to of done what they’ve done to anyone on Facebook, I would of been booted off. Harrasment and discrimination and bullying are suppose to be not allowed yet thats exactly what this group is doing and its being done intentionally. Making fun of a persons race and religion is not OK! Looking for other groups just in hopes to disrupt them for personal entertainment is not Ok. This group’s only purpose is to pray on the lives of others for their own gratification and amusement and its wrong and hurtfull. They need to be accountable for their actions! Thanks for your help.

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Keep reporting

From Josh Kirschner on March 13, 2017 :: 4:48 pm

If you feel a group is violating Facebook’s Community Standards (https://www.facebook.com/communitystandards), you should report specific examples to Facebook. Make sure you clearly state why you believe the group is in violation, and what standards they are specifically violating. The clearer you can be, and the more serious the violation, the more likely Facebook will act on your complaint.

In the spirit of constructive criticism, your post above was difficult for me to understand. When you complain to Facebook, be concise in your language, focus on the issue, and have someone edit your spelling and grammar.

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