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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.)


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


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


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). 


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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Uneditable privacy settings...

From David on March 13, 2017 :: 5:50 pm

A couple of postings I did from my phone have been assigned as “Good Friends only” and when I put the mouse over the hyperlink to try & edit the privacy setting, a pop-up box appears saying “Only your Good Friends can see this post” BUT I can’t navigate to the link or edit the settings, Anyone able to help with this one??


Commenting on public pages?

From Kerensa Baker on March 16, 2017 :: 6:03 pm

OK, so say I post a comment on post by the BBC, aside from others who have also commented on it, can my friends see my comment? I was under the impression that they can only see it if they too “like” the page?



Anyone can see comments on a public page

From Josh Kirschner on March 17, 2017 :: 10:07 am

For a public page, like BBC, anyone can see the posts and comments, whether they like the page or not.



Public picture not being displayed

From Larry Moore on April 02, 2017 :: 10:05 pm

I have all my pictures marked as public so that everyone can see them but the one picture that I have in my timeline album can only be seen by my friends. Initially that picture was being shown and when ever I checked it with “View as” it was there for the public to see. However, for some reason that changed and nothing that I’ve tried has fixed the problem. Anyone have any idea what the problem might be?




From BETTY JEAN FORD on April 05, 2017 :: 8:57 am



Notifications not working

From facebook10155011615402012 on April 20, 2017 :: 11:53 am

I would like to be notified via email by certain people when they post, tag me, or add to my post.  This feature worked at one time but is presently not working. My email address is still the same and I have checked ‘get notifications’ on the individuals I want notifications from.
The ‘activity that includes me’ button is greyed out in my facebook settings!  How do I get back to receiving email notifications?  I have been trying to figure out this problem for weeks without success.  Any help would be greatly appreciated.  Thank you!!


Change Settings For Event Interest

From facebook10154690789262689 on May 16, 2017 :: 9:44 am

Is there any way to change the settings for event interest?  Every time I say I am interested in an event, other people see it. and I generally don’t want anyone knowing my business.



Unfortunately, no

From Josh Kirschner on May 16, 2017 :: 5:05 pm

Privacy for Events, like Pages, are controlled by the event settings, not your privacy settings.

According to Facebook, “If it’s a public event, anyone on or off Facebook can see if you’re interested or going. Your friends can always see the public events that you’re interested in or going to…If it’s a private event, only people invited to the event will be able to see if you’re going. People who aren’t invited cannot view the event description, event discussion, photos and videos.”

So no, you can’t prevent event notifications from showing up in your friends’ news feeds. For more information, see:



What padlock symbol?!

From Kay on May 28, 2017 :: 4:52 am

In your “Privacy checkup” article from 2016 your refer to checking privacy settings for post by CLICKING ON THE PADLOCK SYMBOL IN THE UPPER RIGHT OF ANY FB PAGE.

I have no such symbol!



You can find the privacy

From Suzanne Kantra on May 29, 2017 :: 5:00 pm

You can find the privacy information by clicking on the question mark now. You have three options: Privacy Checkup, Privacy Shortcuts and Privacy. Click on the Privacy Shortcuts and from there you can click on “see More Settings” to go to the full set of privacy settings.

You can also get there by clicking on the down arrow next to the questions mark, selecting Settings and the selecting Privacy.



Family or Close Friends list

From Sean on May 29, 2017 :: 3:47 pm

Is there anyway I can limit who see’s that they made it to that list. Example would be if I add say 15 people to my family list and post pictures that I only want them to see like its intended for but I don’t want say my cousin who is on that list to see that his sister (super annoying) isn’t on this list and then tip her off. Any way I can post to a private list and not have any of the parties see that their on a specific list?



When you post something to

From Suzanne Kantra on May 29, 2017 :: 4:34 pm

When you post something to your family list, the people seeing the post just see that it was posted to your friends. They won’t know that you shared it with your family list.



Life event privacy setting change

From Ali B on June 01, 2017 :: 12:10 am

Does it notify people tagged in a life event of mine if I change the privacy setting? Say from public to only me? Or show up on news feed that this older life event has been edited?




From Lenora on June 07, 2017 :: 5:15 pm

Please help me.  I do not see the “share” word, underneath pics, on any of my friend’s timeline pages lately.  It’s just not one person,,,it’s everyones I don’t see!

  How can I get that back so I can share pics or posts?  Thank you!



Others Sharing

From Leslie on June 15, 2017 :: 12:02 pm

How do I make it so all my friends can see my posts and photos but are unable to share them?


Restricted privacy settings

From facebook810097832471026 on June 16, 2017 :: 10:31 am

Hi I hope you guys could help me out:
can friends of my friends on Facebook see the posts with restricted privacy settings?



Depends on what you set

From Josh Kirschner on June 16, 2017 :: 10:35 am

If the privacy is set to “friends only”, then friends of friends wouldn’t be able to see the post. If set to “friends of friends” (which can be done in the Custom settings) or “public”, then obviously they would.



Privacy is for tempted sneaks

From Consuelo on July 02, 2017 :: 9:03 am

First, let me start by saying, I could never quite grasp why all the need for privacy on a social media site? If you sign up, why hide? I get some of the issues, but let’s face it, facebook has created a lot of sneaky infidelity. I know, cuz my spouse is one of them. I have seen many of our friends end relationships due to facebook. I have always wanted to see what others think about this, so I would not mind comments. And please don’t say what I already know about maybe a divorce is in order. Love and blessings to each of you. ❤



FB messenger

From Groovie Chickie on July 06, 2017 :: 4:46 am

The second I open my FB messenger app, a friend always says “hello” etc. I feel like I’m being stalked. How do they know I’m online? I have turned off the “active” thing but they still know. Help! I hate messenger on my phone now and want to uninstall it.



That should have worked.

From Josh Kirschner on July 06, 2017 :: 3:39 pm

According to Facebook, if you go into the FB Messenger app and turn active toggle to “off”, that should prevent others from seeing you when you’re active. However, I’m seeing numerous other reports of people saying that isn’t working. So it appears to be either a bug in Facebook or the app. Uninstalling the messenger app may be the right approach, unless you really need it.



Can you hide things you comment on and like?

From mark on July 13, 2017 :: 2:21 am

Just wondering if you can hide things you like or comment on from people on your facebook?

for example if i wanted to write on a friends wall or comment on a friends picture can i stop this from showing up on my other friends news feed like “mark just commented on this” or “mark reacted to this”

i just feel sometimes that there are too many people on facebook who are nosey and i do not feel safe liking or commenting on anything due to the fact it keeps showing up on other peoples news feed that i did




From Josh Kirschner on July 14, 2017 :: 1:04 pm

You can control things with your own posts, but you can’t control what happens with other peoples’ posts. Manage your liking and commenting accordingly.



Like/comment on friends page

From Mim on July 22, 2017 :: 4:20 pm

OMG, I am ready to dump FB.  I have a friend who gets upset because I like other people’s stuff but not all of hers (she posts all dang day long).  I understand that she will see my likes/comments on mutual friends’ posts but what about other friends? How can I see privacy settings on non mutual friends’ posts to ensure she won’t see those too.  I am concerned if their posts are public she will see my activity on them.  Any suggestions, other than the obvious-I realize she is a nut but I don’t want to upset her anymore.



Check the privacy icon on the post

From Josh Kirschner on July 24, 2017 :: 3:06 pm

Every post has a little privacy icon (usually on the 2nd line of the post next to the post time). That icon will tell you if it’s public (looks like the planet earth) or just for friends or custom groups (silhouette of two torsos).



Thank you

From Mim on July 25, 2017 :: 5:39 pm

Perfect, direct answer.  Couldn’t find the answer anywhere else!!



You're welcome!

From Josh Kirschner on July 26, 2017 :: 7:41 am

Glad the info was helpful.


My posting is mia

From Keith w. Fletcher on August 05, 2017 :: 8:54 pm

I posted a what’s on your mind? It appeared and then disappeared and now the URL generated send me to the
” the page you requested cannot be displayed right now…..
I have wasted 12 hrs of my day here and will not be wasting much more as I await a response



Cannot acces settings

From Bart on August 09, 2017 :: 12:29 pm

These instructuons are very nice, there is however 1 problem.
I cannot access the privacy check, basic settings and more settings.
Whenever I click on them, nothing happens.

Any ideas how to fix this?



Commenting on posts not invited to

From sandyd on August 16, 2017 :: 6:56 pm

I posted a comment in response to a post of a friend’s daughter-in-law.  She replied that I should not comment on posts that I was not invited to.  Huh?  I’m older and relatively new to fb.  Am I missing something?  Thanks!



Commenting on posts not invited to

From Sandyd on August 21, 2017 :: 9:26 pm

Just to clarify my question, is there a FB etiquette that says I cannot respond to posts I’m not “invited to” even though I can see the post (comment made by relative of someone I’m friends with)?  Thanks!  Sandyd



That's her issue, not yours

From Josh Kirschner on August 22, 2017 :: 11:44 am

There is no “invite” feature for posts. The ability to see or comment is determined by the post’s privacy settings. And when she makes a post on Facebook, she controls the privacy settings for that post. If she only wants friends to comment on it, she should be posting to “Friends”. It sounds like she is posting to “Public”, which means anyone can see and comment on her posts.


You can make your Group list private

From Lisa Waite Bunker on August 21, 2017 :: 8:56 pm

Your activity in public groups *may* still show up on your newsfeed or the “active now” column, but I have found that the likelihood is reduced if you make the actual list of your groups private.

Go to your About page, and in the white bar below your cover image the last tab is “More.” Click it and select “Manage Sections.” You’ll get a drop-down menu where you can make your groups private (uncheck the box).



Facebook settings

From Victoria Miley on August 29, 2017 :: 7:59 pm

Hello - can anyone tell me if it’s possible to hide all posts on my timeline and all photos etc? Ideally I’d like to have a Facebook page to allow people to message me so I can stay in contact with old friends, but not be “involved” with facebook. I would love to delete my account but at the same time do enjoy being connected to old friends at some very basic level.

Thanks in advance !



Yes, change the privacy setting for each post

From Josh Kirschner on August 30, 2017 :: 11:47 am

If you go to your timeline, you can then change the privacy settings for each of your posts to “Only Me”. You’ll need to do the same for photos.



I have a problem accessing a group

From AP on September 21, 2017 :: 1:53 pm

I would like to add a group.
I can see the group when not logged in.
As soon as I log in it’s gone.
What settings to I need to change?
Most of my setting are low or off.



My non existing email address is associated with my correct FBProfile my current email is rejected b

From Deborah Wade on October 10, 2017 :: 9:54 pm

Please help me correct my correct email and delete the old one my name is Deborah Wade my old email is .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) my current correct email is .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).



sharing question

From Cece on October 23, 2017 :: 9:01 am

Hello, I used to have it to where people could not share my pictures and posts. Then about 3 days ago the share button popped up on my page and then all of a sudden friends and family started sharing my personal pictures. I do not like that. I want to have more control over who shares my pictures and copies them. If there a way to stop people from sharing my pictures on facebook? I used to have that option but then it just disappeared a few days ago. I know this is social media and if I don’t want it shared I shouldn’t post it but people are sharing my profile pictures and pictures of my kids and I don’t like that.




From Shubham kumar on October 29, 2017 :: 9:01 pm

i have 27 friends but public post option is not on my facebook account



group pages

From Jenny on November 29, 2017 :: 11:01 am

i used to get all notifications on all the groups i follow that i had set notifications to all posts, however it is not letting me select that now for any of the groups i follow?? why is that and how do i fix it?



Should be under the group notifications

From Josh Kirschner on November 29, 2017 :: 8:07 pm

Hi Jenny,

If you go to the page of a group you’re a member of, you should see a box at the top that says “Notifications” with a little check mark next to it. If you click Notifications, you will get the option to see “All posts, Highlights, Friends’ posts or Off”

Are you not seeing that when you try?




How to prevent friend of a friend from tagging me in comment

From Paula moon on December 05, 2017 :: 5:27 pm

How to prevent a friend of a friend from tagging me in mutual friends post and comments



Bad news. You can't.

From Josh Kirschner on December 07, 2017 :: 6:24 pm

The best Facebook allows you to do is prevent posts you’re tagged in from appearing in your Timeline (but they’re still appear in newsfeeds, search, etc). You can’t actually prevent others from tagging you except by fully “blocking” that person.



My Facebook account locked dy

From Rajiv Raj on December 11, 2017 :: 3:10 am

My Facebook account locked dy can’t open



Change privacy for exisiting posts when creating lists

From Tanya Cooke on December 17, 2017 :: 6:28 am

Thanks for the great article!
I am about to create my first fb List to connect with individuals who share my hobby. Is there a way to bulk change my existing posts to ‘Friends excluding the Hobby List’? I understand that I can do this for new posts through the default sharing setting, or change the audience on individual posts. I do not want the Hobby List to see my existing personal posts. I would prefer not to create a List for my existing Friends.
Any advice much appreciated.



Posting on Group Site

From Jude on January 05, 2018 :: 9:46 pm

My privacy settings are set for friends only. I’m on a couple art groups but when I post, my photos don’t show up, apparently because the other members aren’t on my friends list. Is there a way to fix this without changing my setting to public? Thanks



If someone I’m friends with

From Chaina Butner on January 06, 2018 :: 4:28 pm

If someone I’m friends with tags one of their friends that is not my friend can they still see my post with my settings set to friends only?



If my posts are set

From Chaina Butner on January 06, 2018 :: 4:33 pm

If my posts are set to where only friends can see them can people that my friends tag in the comment section still see my post if I’m not friends with them?



Obscure comments

From Aaron on January 14, 2018 :: 1:38 am

I read through your info and its all great but here is my issue. I stumble upon some incredibly random video that I think its hilarious, or maddebing, whetever. I post a comment in the comments section. This wasntt a video in one of my friend’s timelines, it was a random video i found. Appareently all my FB friends get some kind of message telling them that I commented on said video… why? When I make a cooment to a friends timeline I understand they and my friwnds will see that comment. But I really dont want all my friends alerted to the smartass comment I make on some random and obscure video? I dont really care if they just happen upon the comment but they are clearly being alerted to it because they will like it or leave a laughing emoji or whatever and its annoying. Thank you



That's how Facebook works

From Josh Kirschner on January 30, 2018 :: 1:37 am

If you make a comment on a public video, the Facebook algorithms may decide that’s “interesting” to your friends. There’s nothing you can do to prevent that other than not making smartass comments on random videos.


Quick query.

From Jason Stanford on January 22, 2018 :: 12:30 am

Can I find a date stamp for when I changed my friends settings (regarding as to who can view my friends list) to ‘only me’ ?

Thanks in advance



No, not for settings changes

From Josh Kirschner on January 22, 2018 :: 11:59 am

You can see time stamps for activity such as liking posts, etc. but not for changes to your Facebook privacy or security settings.


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