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The Complete Guide to Facebook Privacy Settings

by Suzanne Kantra on February 27, 2024

Updated on 2/27/2024. Removed privacy options for features no longer available, added new screenshots, and updated instructions on setting currently available privacy options.

Privacy issues and privacy controls on Facebook are ever-changing and confusing. I've read through hundreds of comments and emails from readers just like you who are frustrated and unsure about how to keep their information safe.

For example, when you post a picture of your kids at a family gathering, how can you control who has permission to share it? What private information are those Facebook game apps collecting, and who are these "third parties" they sell it to? How do you make sure that your live video stream is seen only by the people you choose?

Every action you take on Facebook has privacy and sharing implications you should understand before uploading that next selfie. Unfortunately, checking all of your Facebook settings takes a lot of time, and even then, the best choices for protecting your privacy aren't always obvious.

I just went through a complete review of every Facebook privacy setting currently available to determine what options we have for managing our privacy and what the best settings are for most people (and I'll continue to update this article as Facebook inevitably makes more changes). If you have a specific privacy concern, you can address it directly through your Facebook settings. Though for a broad check of all of your privacy settings, I recommend starting with Facebook's Privacy Checkup, which you can do through your computer browser or the Facebook app (go to Menu > Settings > Privacy Checkup).

Computer monitor with screenshot of Facebook Privacy Checkup main page with tiles for Who can see what you share, How to keep your account secure, How people can find you on Facebook, Your data settings on Facebook, Your ad preferences

Either way, I'll walk you through each setting below so you can confidently decide the right changes for you. For each section, I share my recommendations for each topic and what to consider when making your choices. I also have direct links to "hidden" Facebook settings that aren't part of the standard Privacy Checkup but have important privacy implications.


Table of Contents 

Who can see your profile information

Managing who can see your basic profile information

Managing who can see your connections

Control your audience for your Posts and Stories

Managing how you are tagged in posts

Managing who can comment on your public information

Managing old posts

Managing stories and reels

How to block people from seeing your content and interacting with you

How people can find you on Facebook

Your data settings on Facebook

Your ad preferences on Facebook

How to keep your account secure


Who can see your profile information

Here you can see the privacy settings – who can view your information – for your phone number, email addresses, birthday, hometown, relationship status, and other personal details about your life. 

See how other people view your Facebook profile page

Before you start adjusting your privacy settings, take a look at what your Facebook profile looks like to other people. You can go to your profile page and click on menu button (the triple dots under the "Edit Profile" button) and select "View As."

Screenshot of Facebook profile page. You see the person's profile picture pointed out. You also see three dots pointed out with a drop-down menu with View as (pointed out).

The phone numbers associated with your Facebook account

Strong recommendation: Only Me

Under phone number, you'll see the phone number(s) associated with your account and who can view it. Your number is very important because it can be used to reset your Facebook password. By revealing your phone number, you are making it more vulnerable to SIM swapping, where a hacker contacts your carrier (in-store or on the phone) and convinces them to get a new SIM card with your number or port your phone number to another phone. Once the hacker has control of your number, they can receive codes to break into accounts protected by two-factor authentication

To delete or add a phone number, go to your profile page > About > Contact and basic info.

Read more: Find out if you are a victim of SIM swapping

The email addresses associated with your Facebook account

My recommendation: Only Me

Under emails, it will show all email addresses associated with your account and who can view them. Email addresses are important because you can use any of them to log into your account with your Facebook password. Be careful to remove any old email addresses or ones where you're not using secure passwords, because if that email address is hacked, it could compromise your Facebook account, as well.

I recommend limiting your email to "Only Me." The people you know should have your email address and if you accidentally accept an invitation from a friend's spoofed Facebook account, that hacker will have access to your email address. 

To add or delete and email address, go to your profile page > About > Contact and basic info.

Your birthday

My recommendation: Friends

For your birthday, you can choose to share your whole birthday or just the month and day. That way, your Friends can wish you a happy birthday on Facebook on your special day without necessarily knowing your exact age. Birthdays are sometimes used as a security verification for various services, so you want to keep it protected.

To change this info, go to your profile page > About > Contact and basic info.

Your hometown and current city

My recommendation: Only Me

For your hometown and current city, you may want to limit it to "Only Me" so you hackers can't use that personal information for social engineering. Your friends know where you live and can ask you where you grew up if they don't know. 

To change this info, go to your profile page > About > Places lived.

Your relationship status

My recommendation: Personal choice

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

To change this info, go to your profile page > About > Family and relationships.

Your work history and where you went to school

My recommendation: Personal choice

You can choose to share your work history and where you went to high school, college, and graduate school. This setting may help old friends find you or for networking purposes. 

To change this info, go to your profile page > About > Work and education.

Your friends list on your profile page

Strong recommendation: Friends or Only Me

I highly recommend setting this to Friends only or even "Only Me." Keeping your Friends list public puts your friends at risk for account cloning scams. The scam only works when the person behind it can contact your friends pretending to be you to request money or send phishing messages, such as the classic "Is this you?" video scam.

To change this setting, go to the Facebook Settings page for How People Find and Contact You.

Read more: What is Facebook Account Cloning & What Can You do about It?

The people and Pages you follow

My recommendation: Personal choice

Facebook lumps people and Pages you follow together. Consider whether there are any sensitive Pages you follow that you wouldn't want the world or your Friends to know about.

To change this setting, go to your profile page > Friends > menu (the triple dots next to "Find Friends") > Edit privacy.

Choose your audience for Posts and Stories

In this section, you can select who can read your future posts and stories, as well as read your prior posts on Facebook.

Choose your default audience

My recommendation: Friends or Custom

"Default audience" is where you set who will see your regular posts, including text posts, photos, and videos. My advice is to keep it to Friends unless you are trying to promote yourself to everyone or you have a specific need for a Custom setting (e.g., to exclude a toxic friend or relative).

You can choose who can see your future posts by going directly to the Facebook Settings page for Posts.

You can always override your default setting for a specific post at the time you create it by clicking on the downward caret next to the audience and selecting a new one.

When you are tagged in a post created by someone else, choose who can see the post (Not part of Privacy Checkup)

Strong recommendation: Only Me

If you are tagged in a post by someone on Facebook, your Facebook friends may see the post in their feeds even if they aren't friends with the original poster. This is a huge privacy and scam risk because someone can tag you in a photo that you do not want to be associated with, whether it's an embarrassing photo from last night's drink fest or a pure spam post (which I have seen tons of in my feed). So I strongly recommend setting this to "Only Me".

You can choose who can see posts you're tagged in by going directly to the Facebook Settings page for Profile and Tagging, and you'll find the option in the "Tagging" section.

Choose who can post on your profile (Not part of Privacy Checkup)

My recommendation: Friends

My advice is to keep it to Friends, unless you enjoy random comments from strangers.

If you want to check or change this setting, go to the Facebook Settings page for Profile and Tagging, and you'll find the option in the "Viewing and sharing" section.

Choose who can see what others post on your profile page (Not part of Privacy Checkup)

My recommendation: Personal choice

You may not want everyone to see what other people are posting on your profile page. If you want to check or change this setting, go to the Facebook Settings page for Profile and Tagging, and you'll find the option in the "Viewing and sharing" section.

Choose to hide comments with specific words on your profile page (Not part of Privacy Checkup)

My recommendation: Personal choice

If you're concerned about crude language appearing on your profile page, you can add up to 1,000 keywords that will cause a post to be hidden. The post will still remain visible to the people who posted and their Facebook Friends.

If you want to check or change this setting, go to the Facebook Settings page for Profile and Tagging, and you'll find the option in the "Viewing and sharing" section. Though you're probably better off just limiting who can post to your profile to Friends (unless your friends are the problem!)

Choose to review posts you're tagged in before they appear on your profile (Not part of Privacy Checkup)

My recommendation: Turn this on

If you are tagged in a post, the post defaults to automatically showing up on your Timeline. I recommend you choose the setting to review the posts before they appear to avoid embarrassing or spam posts appearing in your timeline. Go to the Facebook Settings page for Profile and Tagging, and you'll find the option in the Reviewing section.

Choose to review tags people add to your posts before they appear on Facebook (Not part of Privacy Checkup)

My recommendation: Turn this on

Posting an old photo from a school or work outing? Once you share it, your Facebook Friends may want to tag more people in the photo. By default, your Facebook Friends can add tags. However, you can choose to review these tags before they appear on your post. Go to the Facebook Settings page for Profile and Tagging, and you'll find the option in the Reviewing section.

Choose who can comment on your public posts (Not part of Privacy Checkup)

My recommendation: Personal choice

When you create a public post, everyone on Facebook can see it. However, you can limit who gets to comment on your public posts. You can choose this setting based on your posting objectives.

If you want to check or change this setting, the Facebook Settings page for Followers and public content

Choose who can comment on your public profile pictures and other public profile information (Not part of Privacy Checkup)

My recommendation: Friends

When you post a new profile picture or change other Public profile information, the default setting is that only Friends (and Frends of anyone tagged) can like or comment. I recommend leaving this setting as is. 

To change this setting, go to the Facebook Settings page for Followers and public content.

Find and remove old posts from your Timeline that you were tagged in (Not part of Privacy Checkup)

Ever been tagged in an embarrassing photo from two decades ago uploaded by that old college classmate? You can remove these tagged items by going to your profile page (you can access it by clicking on your profile photo in the side menu bar) and click on Manage Posts.

Screenshot of Facebook profile page. On the right side, you see from the top: Edit cover Photo, Edit Profile, Life Event and then Manage Posts, which is pointed out.

In the box that pops up, click on "Filters." In the Post Filters box, you can select "only show posts I'm tagged in." You can choose to hide the posts or remove the posts. First, go through and select the posts where you want to remove yourself (untag yourself), click "Next," and select "Remove Tags." Then go through and select the posts that you want to be able to view but don't want others to see in your Timeline, click Next, and then select "Hide Posts."

Choose who can view old posts

My recommendation: Turn on Limit Past Posts

When you limit your past posts here, it will apply to ALL of your posts, including Public posts those share with "Friends of Friends," to only Friends. Unless you're a celebrity or running a page that is used to generate interest in a business that you run, you will likely want to keep your activity restricted to those you have Friended. Keep in mind that anyone who is tagged in your posts and their Facebook friends may still be able to view these posts.

You can choose who can view old posts by going directly the Facebook Settings page for Posts and clicking on "Limit Past Posts" in the "Your Activity" section.

Choosing an audience for a single old post (Not part of Privacy Checkup)

If you want to change the audience for specific posts, you'll have to go into each post individually to change it. You can change the sharing settings of any individual Facebook update by clicking on the triple dots, then selecting "Edit audience."

Choose who can view your Stories

My recommendation: Personal choice

For "Stories," which are visible for 24 hours, you can limit your audience to your Facebook Friends or create a custom list of people with whom you want to share your stories. You can only set your default story audience within the Privacy Checkup.

For individual stories, click on the cog next to "Your Story" when you create a story, and you'll find the option to change your story audience for that story.

Choose whether you will allow others to share your Stories if you mention them (Not part of Privacy Checkup)

My recommendation: Personal choice

If you tag someone in a Story, that person can share it to their Story, along with your full name and a link to your post.

You can disable this feature by going to Facebook Setting page for Stories.

Choose whether you will allow others to share your public Stories to their own Story (Not part of Privacy Checkup)

My recommendation Personal choice

If your Story is public, you can allow others to share your Story to their own Story, along with your full name and a link to your original Story. Go to the Facebook Settings page for Stories to make your choice.

Choose whether you will allow others to share your public Reels to their own Story (Not part of Privacy Checkup)

My recommendation Personal choice

If your Story is public, you can allow others to share your Story to their own Story, along with your full name and a link to your original Story. Go to the Facebook Settings page for Reels to make your choice.

Choose whether other people will see the total number of reactions to posts you share (Not part of Privacy Checkup)

My recommendation: Personal choice

If you don't want other people to see the number of reactions to your posts, you can turn off showing post reactions.

Go to the Facebook Settings page for Reaction preferences and toggle off "On your posts."

How to block people from seeing your content and interacting with you

Block a person from interacting with you on Facebook

Blocking a person means that you are invisible to that person on Facebook. So if a mutual Friend tags you in a post, that person won't see the post. If you comment on a mutual Friend's post, that person won't see the comment. There are a few exceptions. If you both use a Facebook app or game or if you've both joined a group, the blocked person could see you. And, the person you block won't disappear entirely from your view. If a mutual Friend posts a photo and tags the blocked person, you may still see it on your Friend's timeline.

To block someone, go directly to the Facebook Settings page for Blocking and select the Edit button next to "Block users." If you just want to prevent a person from seeing posts that you share with Friends, you can add them to your Restricted list (also on the Blocking page). Click on the "Edit" button next to "Restricted list" to add them. 

Block just messages and video calls (Not part of Privacy Checkup)

If you just want to stop a person from sending you messages or attempting to connect via a video call in Messenger, you can go to the Facebook Settings page for Blocking and select the "Edit" button next to "Block messages" to add their name.

Block just app invites (Not part of Privacy Checkup)

If you just want to stop a person from sending invitations to try an app (occurs when one of your friends is trying to get free stuff in a game), you can go to the Facebook Settings page for Blocking and select the "Edit" button next to "Block app invites." 

Block just event invites (Not part of Privacy Checkup)

If you just want to stop a person from sending event invitations, you can go to the Facebook Settings page for Blocking and select the "Edit" button next to "Block event invites."

Block apps (Not part of Privacy Checkup)

If you want an app to stop contacting you and prevent the app from obtaining non-public information about you through Facebook, you can go the Facebook Settings page for Blocking and select the "Edit" button next to "Block apps" to add the name of the app. 

Block Pages (Not part of Privacy Checkup)

If you want a Page to stop interacting with your posts or be able to like or reply to your comments, you can go to the Facebook Settings page for Blocking and select the "Edit" button next to "Block Pages" to add the name of the Page. You will be unable to post to the Page's Timeline or message the Page. And, if you currently like the Page, blocking the Page will automatically unlike and unfollow the Page.

How people can find you on Facebook.

This section walks you through the ways that you can limit how people can find you through search engines (like Google), or with your phone number, email or name on through Facebook.

Choose who can send you a Friend request

My recommendation: Personal choice

You have two options for limiting who can send you a Friend request: Everyone or Friends of friends. Unless you're being inundated with requests or don't want to be found, I recommend leaving the setting on Everyone so legitimate people who want to connect can.

You can access this directly by going to the Facebook Settings page for How people find and contact you.

Choose whether people can use your phone number or email to find you

My recommendation: Personal choice

People can look you up on Facebook with your phone number or email address, even if you have them hidden on your profile. This method makes it easy for people you know to find you, especially if you have a common name on Facebook, like Jane Smith. Have the settings option set to "Everyone" or "Friends of Friends" if you want people to find you using your email address or phone number. Or, you can also choose to fully hide your email addresses or phone numbers by selecting "Only me" as the audience. The settings you choose apply to all of your phone numbers or all of your email addresses.

You can access this directly by going to the Facebook Settings page for How people find and contact you.

Choose whether your Facebook profile appears on search engines

My recommendation: Personal choice

You can find your public Facebook profile page on search engines like Google. If you don't want your Facebook profile coming up in search, you can toggle this setting off in the privacy checkup or you can access it directly by going to You can access this directly by going to the Facebook Settings page for How people find and contact you.

Choose how message requests are delivered (Not part of Privacy Checkup)

My recommendation: Personal choice

When your Facebook Friends message you, you'll see them appear in the Messenger Chats window. However, other people may try to contact you via Messenger as well: "people with your phone number," "Friends of friends," and "others on Facebook." If you don't want strangers contacting you, send messages requests to "Don't receive requests." If you want to see the request before approving them to chat with you, select "Message requests."

You can set your preferences by going to the Facebook Settings page for How people find and contact you.

Your data settings on Facebook

Facebook makes it easy to log into other websites and apps with your Facebook account. If these conveniences are too invasive for you, here's where to turn them off.

Using Facebook to log into apps and websites

My recommendation: Remove connections

Instead of creating a new username and password for an app or website, you may have used your Facebook account. If you no longer use the app or website, it's a good idea to remove the connection. However, some apps and websites may hold valuable information about your account. Note that when you remove the connection to your Facebook account, you will lose access to your third-party account.

Remove login with Facebook for specific apps and websites

My recommendation: Personal choice

In the Facebook Privacy Checkup, you'll see a list of all websites and apps that you've connected to your Facebook account. To remove connection, click the 'Remove" button next to the app or site. In the pop-up window, you'll be given the option to "delete all of the posts, photos, and videos that the site or app has posted on your Timeline" and/or "Allow Facebook to notify [app name] the login was removed." This second option may enable you to recover data in the account you created with your Facebook login.

Screenshot of removing app from Facebook. Shows removing Grubhub

Turn off login with Facebook for apps, websites, and games (Not part of Privacy Checkup)

My recommendation: Personal choice

You can turn off the ability to use Facebook to log into apps, websites, and games.

Go to the Facebook Setting page for Apps and Websites and click on the "Turn off" button next to "Apps, websites and games." 

Turn off game and app notifications (Not part of Privacy Checkup)

My recommendation: Personal choice

You can turn off annoying notifications for game requests from friends, game status updates, and app notifications.

Go to the Facebook Setting page for Apps and Websites and click on the "Turn off" button next to "Game and app notifications."

Your ad preferences on Facebook

Meta will show you ads on Facebook – that's how they make their money. It's just a question of whether those ads will be targeted to your demographics and interests or non-targeted (and, perhaps, less relevant to you). 

Choose the profile information to share with marketers

My recommendation: Personal choice

Here, you can choose whether to share your marital status, employer, job title, and level of education with advertisers. This doesn't remove the information from your Facebook profile; it just impacts the ads you see.

You can also go directly to Meta Settings page for Ad Preferences and clicking on "Manage info" and then "Profile information." There you can toggle off any data you don't want to share.

Choose which interests to share with marketers (Not part of Privacy Checkup)

My recommendation: Personal choice

In addition to basic profile information, Facebook uses other information you've shared with it to serve you ads. You can remove interest categories, by going to Meta Settings page for Ad Preferences and clicking on "Manage info" and then "Profile information." In the "Categories associated with you" section, click on "View and manage." If you have other demographic or behavioral categories in your Ad Preferences, you can click on the "Remove" button next to any categories you don't want used to target ads to you.

See fewer ads about specific topics (Not part of Privacy Checkup)

My recommendation: Personal choice

While you can't choose to see fewer ads overall, you can choose to see fewer ads in specific categories. Go to the Meta Settings page for Ad topics. There you can choose to "See less" of any topic listed. 

Turn off personalized ads based on information advertisers share about you (Not part of Privacy Checkup)

My recommendation: Personal choice

You can choose to prevent Facebook from using data from its partners to show personalized ads. Go Meta Settings page for Ad topics and in the "information other advertisers share about you" section you can select "Activity information from ad partners" to make your selection.

Choose which advertisers can use their own audience list to target you with ads (Not part of Privacy Checkup)

My recommendation: Personal choice

Some companies have lists of people that they want to reach with their ads. Facebook allows companies to target ads based on these lists, or even exclude you from seeing ads (for example, the DNC may want to exclude their ads from people on the RNC list). You can choose not to be shown ads using a list, as well as not be excluded from seeing ads. Go to the Meta Settings page for Audience-based advertising. There, you will see a list of all of the companies that have you on their audience list. Click on a company, and you can find out why you were included in the advertiser's audience. Click on the arrow next to the reason, and you can choose whether the company's list can be used to either include or exclude you from seeing ads.

Choose whether you are shown ads off Facebook based on your interests (Not part of Privacy Checkup)

My recommendation: Personal choice

Facebook serves a lot of advertising on websites and through apps off of Facebook. You can turn off personalized ads for those sites and apps, by going to the Meta Settings page for Ad preferences and selecting the "Manage info" tab. Click on "Ads shown outside of Meta." There, you can choose "Allowed" or "Not Allowed."

Hide ads from specific brands (Not part of Privacy Checkup)

My recommendation: Personal choice

If you're tired of being inundated with a specific company's ads, you can choose to hide them. Go to the Meta Settings page for Ad preferences and select the "Customize ads" tab. The click on "See all" next to "Advertisers you saw ads from." There you will find a list of the advertisers you have seen most recently, and you can click on the "Hide Ads" button next to any offenders.

Choose whether your social interactions with a company show up in ads

My recommendation: Only Me

Have you ever liked or followed a company, made a comment, shared a company's Page, checked into an event held by a company, made a recommendation, or joined a Facebook event held by a company? Facebook can broadcast your action as an advertisement to all your friends.

If you don't like this type of inadvertent endorsement, you can limit who can see these social interactions alongside ads to "Only me."

You can also go directly to the Meta Settings page for Ad preferences and click on "Social interactions." In the popup, you can select "Only me" or "Friends."

How to keep your account secure

In this section, you can change your password, turn on two-factor authentication, and get alerts when there is an unrecognized login to your account. If you already have two-factor authentication turned on and alerts are set for unrecognized logins, you'll receive the message that "You're all set. No security actions are recommended at this time."

Use a strong password

Strong recommendation

Do you have a strong password for your Facebook account – one that is unique to Facebook and at least 16 characters, including upper and lower case letters, numbers, and special characters? If the answer is no, you should strongly consider changing your password.

To ensure you remember your new strong password and to make it easier to use strong passwords going forward, I highly recommend using a password manager. We are fans (and users) of Dashlane and 1Password.

To change your password, you can go directly to the Facebook Settings page for Password and security.

Read more: Check how long it would take to crack your existing password

Turn on two-factor authentication

Strong recommendation

A strong password is essential, but that's not enough if it's compromised in a data breach or you are tricked into giving it away in a Facebook credentials phishing attack. That's where two-factor authentication comes in. When two-factor authentication is turned on, anyone trying to log into your account from a new device or browser would need to provide a one-time-use code delivered via an app, text message, or email. I highly recommend turning on two-factor authentication.

You can also go directly to the Facebook Settings page for Password and security and select "Two-Factor Authentication" to set it up.

You should also check the list of devices and browsers that don't require a code when you log in to ensure there aren't any of your old devices on the list. To check this, go to the Facebook Settings page for Password and security and select "Two-Factor Authentication." Once you've logged in, you'll see a box, with a section entitles "Authorized Logins." Click the "Recognized devices" button to view the list of devices that don't require a login code.

Read more: How to Protect Your Accounts with Two-Factor Authentication

Receive alerts when there is an unrecognized login to your Facebook account

Strong recommendation

You can choose to receive Login alerts that will be sent every time you log into your account from a device or browser that you don't usually use.  You can choose to have alerts sent via Facebook, email, or both. Note that a new web browser looks like a new computer to Facebook.

You can go directly to the Facebook Settings page for Password and security and select "Login alerts" to turn them on and select your delivery method.

Check where you're logged in (Not part of Privacy Checkup)

Strong recommendation

In addition to receiving alerts when there is an unrecognized login, you can check to see which devices have logged into your Facebook account. You can see where you're logged into Facebook – the device and physical location – by going to the Facebook Settings page for Password and security and select "Where you're logged in." If you see a suspicious login, you can click on it and then select "Log Out." Worst case scenario is that you'll have to log in again on a device you own, so err on the side of logging out.

Final thoughts

That covers the extensive privacy setting options on Facebook. If you want to dig even further into how Facebook is using your personal data and activities, read Facebook's latest privacy policy

Still confused by a specific issue or question with your account? Ask below in the comments, and we'll do our best to help you out.

[Image credit: screenshots of the Facebook site via Techlicious, computer mockup via Canva]

For the past 20+ years, Techlicious founder Suzanne Kantra has been exploring and writing about the world’s most exciting and important science and technology issues. Prior to Techlicious, Suzanne was the Technology Editor for Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia and the Senior Technology Editor for Popular Science. Suzanne has been featured on CNN, CBS, NBC and dozens of other TV and radio networks.


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Facebook, Computers and Software, Computer Safety & Support, Tips & How-Tos, Privacy, Tech 101, Social Networking


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From Peter A on May 19, 2021 :: 4:00 am


Help - I don’t ‘do’ facebook, and don’t have any ‘friends’ or ‘followers’, but I have been registered for a few years, and have recently joined a group. I have successfully posted, and now want to add some photos. I get a message ” The privacy settings for this post prevent you from sharing it to this timeline “. What do I do, please.

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From Josh Kirschner on May 20, 2021 :: 11:07 am


Are you sharing the photos to the group or your newsfeed? Are the photos from your computer or are you trying to share photos from someone else’s timeline or from your group?

Sharing photos from a group or another timeline will have privacy restrictions set by the original poster. So, for example, if you post a photo that you want to only be available to your friends, someone else can’t share it to their timeline where it might be seen by people other than your friends.

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From Peter A on May 20, 2021 :: 12:14 pm


I don’t know what a newsfeed or timeline are. As far as I can see I have accessed my group, I can see my own post and other peoples’ posts relating to it, and I now wish to add some photos which again relate to what is already posted. The photos are from my own computer. The system appears to load them, I write a short message to say what the photos are, then I get the error message when I try to submit it.

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From Josh Kirschner on May 20, 2021 :: 3:27 pm


From your description, my best guess is that the group you joined doesn’t allow you to post photos to its page. However the message you said you received doesn’t fully make sense in this context.

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From Peter A on May 21, 2021 :: 6:05 am


That is exactly what appears in red lettering underneath my post + photos when I press ‘submit’.

I would send a screenshot, but your system doesn’t have this facility

And btw, why does ‘REPLY’ not appear under your post here at 4:27pm on 20th May ?

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From Josh Kirschner on May 21, 2021 :: 9:34 am


As I guessed, the issue is that the owner of the group allows visitors to post to the page, but does not allow videos or photos to be posted. I tested this setting with our Techlicious page and got the same “The privacy settings for this post prevent you from sharing it to this timeline” when someone who is not a page admin or editor tries to post a photo. For page owners, you set this in Page Settings > General > Visitor Posts, check “Allow visitors to the Page to publish posts” and uncheck “Allow photo and video posts”.

The error message is incredibly misleading because it really has nothing to do with the privacy settings of your post (it’s a group page setting) and isn’t about privacy. But that’s Facebook for you.

FYI - we only have three levels of threading in our Techlicious site comments because the text starts to get too squished on smaller displays when we indent past three levels, so that’s why you’re no seeing the “reply” on my last post.

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From Peter A on May 21, 2021 :: 12:48 pm


Yes thanks for your reply of 10.34am - I have put this to our group, and they are checking it out, but seem to think that yes, that’s the solution ( or not quite the ‘solution’, but yes, the reason ).
Thanks again

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From Edward on May 19, 2021 :: 12:57 pm


please can on recover a message received which is deleted from my messenger account over a week?
i think facebook messenger should provide easy way to retrieve messages which are deleted via receipt or send via messenger for at least a week.

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From Eliseo lujan on May 20, 2021 :: 7:32 am


I would appreciate if Yu could help me log in. To my old account

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From Anita Ohalehi on May 31, 2021 :: 1:36 pm


Is there a way to notify my friends that I posted without tagging them . I see my friends update without them tagging me

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From Josh Kirschner on June 01, 2021 :: 6:11 pm


The Facebook algorithm determines what appears in your news feed and what appears in your friends’ news feeds.

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From Be Human on January 23, 2023 :: 11:05 am


Just wanted to thank you for the information regarding the page owner not allowing photos to be posted. I was able to post text without the photo. Thank you again.

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From cj on June 06, 2021 :: 5:11 pm


I wanted to set all my posts (past & current) to private. your directions say to click the arrow at the top of fb. THERE IS NO DA ARROW ON THE TOP OF FBB, ON MY COMPUTER OR PHONE. WHY ARE YOU DELIBERATELY GIVING PEOPLE MISINFORMATION? pEOPLE ARE COMING TO YOU FOR HELP & YOU DICKING WITH US. FUCK YOU

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From Josh Kirschner on June 06, 2021 :: 8:17 pm


We’ll categorize this lovely comment under “No good deed goes unpunished.”

On my browser (Windows 10/Chrome), I see a drop down arrow pretty clearly in the top right of the Facebook page - just as we said there was.

On your phone, the menu varies by device. On Android, the menu is typically accessed by the hamburger menu at the top right. On iOS, the menu is accessed by the hamburger menu on the bottom right. It probably would have taken you less time to figure that out than to write the obnoxious message above.

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From Chris on November 09, 2022 :: 7:23 am


Like your response to the obnoxious poster.

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From Amber on July 09, 2021 :: 10:20 pm


Is there a way to prevent people from seeing comments I make on other friends’ posts?

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From Josh Kirschner on July 21, 2021 :: 2:38 pm


People you block on Facebook won’t see your comments on your friend’s posts. See the blocking section above for more about how to block people on Facebook and what blocking does.

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From jaga tiger on July 19, 2021 :: 10:24 am


awsome triks sir its amazing really guide abut facbook

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From Hussain on July 26, 2021 :: 3:52 am


I have changed my profile picture and I uploaded photo from my Samsung Galaxy A32 phone as public, but not showing in public and friend don’t see that. non of my fiend know that I changed my profile
I uninstall and re-install the app and restart the phone, re-post the profile. still I have the same issue
if you help me I would be thankful

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From D on July 30, 2021 :: 8:33 am


How can someonenthat is blocked like a public post? that I made on my page. If the person is blocked. How can I delete their like?

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From Josh Kirschner on July 30, 2021 :: 9:07 am


Did you make this post on your “news feed” or on your “page” (that is, a business or similar organizational page). If so, did you block them on your personal account or via your page?

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From Jan on August 05, 2021 :: 9:37 am


Hello, if I tagged a friend in a photo which is in one of my privacy-restricted photo albums (aka I have only selected a few of my friends to be able to access it, including this tagged friend - TF),
1) will TF’s friends be able to see my post on TF’s timeline?
2) if i subsequently removed TF’s name from the post caption aka untagged, will the post still appear on TF’s timeline?

Thank you.

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From Carrie on August 24, 2021 :: 12:41 am


My Facebook posts are set to a custom privacy for one person.  I have since unfriended the person but my news posts default to the privacy setting which lists that unfriended person. Since they have been unfriended, does the post show still show up in that person’s newsfeed if the privacy of that post is set to them?

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From Melanie on August 25, 2021 :: 2:56 pm


I have stalkers so called hackers it’s a John werry Ian werry and a Christopher bullen they are from barripper in Cornwall and are professional stalkers n hackers I didn’t know this at the time horrible people and are like the plague all over my Facebook I’ve changed password lots of time they hacked my old account had for 10yrs and now on my new one they are blocking good friends had for yrs and can not reconnect with them if my friends are on private setting for there friends they stalk there friends to get to them how do I stop them.

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From jaga tiger on August 26, 2021 :: 10:14 am


love you josh krischener sir

i love your evvry content and your amazing website also,this is a great site really

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From Jennifer on August 30, 2021 :: 11:05 pm


On my activity log it shows videos that I watched but it’s hidden from my profile. What does this mean. I have never watched these videos?

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From Josh Kirschner on September 08, 2021 :: 8:42 am


Facebook will show videos in your newsfeed as you scroll and they will autoplay. It’s possible you just watched them for a few seconds as you were scrolling. The history of videos you’ve watched is hidden from your profile by default for privacy reasons.

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From Tracy on September 02, 2021 :: 6:57 am


If I exclude some Facebook friends from certain posts can they still see them via a mutual friend I tag to the posts

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From Josh Kirschner on September 08, 2021 :: 8:59 am


Apologies, we had an error in the article, the settings for controlling who sees posts someone is tagged in is controlled by the person who is tagged, not the tagger. We corrected that above.

So, you cannot exclude people from seeing a post if you tag a mutual friend because their tagging controls overrides your posting controls.

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From Richardo on September 04, 2021 :: 8:02 pm


How do ziI open my friends list back to public

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From Tina on September 05, 2021 :: 8:22 am


I am confused on the “showing ads using a list “and “excluding you from seeing ads” lists. I seem to be inundated with ads after removing deleting all other other options but this one. What should these be set to? Do you suggest both being set to dont allow?. These are VERY confusing. Descriptions/explanations.

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From Josh Kirschner on September 08, 2021 :: 8:39 am


An advertiser can upload a list that will either be used to “show” people on the list specific ads or the list can be used to “exclude” people from seeing specific ads. Facebook is requiring you to opt out of both uses, rather than just giving you a single option to opt out of being matched with advertiser lists.

No setting change will cause you to see fewer ads - that’s how Facebook makes their money. The ad settings just control how targeted the ads are to your interests or details. For many people, targeted ads may actually be preferable to seeing untargeted, and completely irrelevant ads.

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From EWC on September 17, 2021 :: 5:27 pm


I had a girlfriend who did something on FB when she broke up with me several months ago. Not sure what she did but I could see her profile, page. And her information. Yet, on her profile it showed mutual friends (3) as well as the Add Friend button.

Later we got back together ans she send me a friend request which I accepted and I could see her entire timeline, when she was active and messenger.

Now I only see her profile, not if she is active ans the Add Friend is there.

Just curious what seething would that be, I know it’s not blocked. She said she did not do anything. So again just curious what this happened.

Could I have changed some status on my end. I did not unfriend her or change any of my settings.

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From Donna T Dobb on September 20, 2021 :: 4:49 am


My take a break keeps defaulting to from let me see everything to a more restricted setting and when I change it back and save it it still goes back.

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From Shannon Kane-Saenz on October 11, 2021 :: 4:23 pm


I would like to block ALL posts except for the posts of friends.  No ads, politics, news or other depressing and intrusive posts.  Is that possible?

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From Josh Kirschner on October 11, 2021 :: 5:16 pm


I think all of us would like to able to do that. Unfortunately, that’s not possible with the current Facebook settings and algorithms.

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From Denise Smith on October 23, 2021 :: 1:51 am


Hi, when I follow the instructions for restricting a friend I am presented with just the close friend option no others.  I would like to have this option but cannot work out why I’m missing it.  I have tried this on several devices and updated my Facebook app.

Please help
Thank you

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From Aidan Devlon on November 26, 2021 :: 3:12 pm


I wonder, since this comment is from 2015, if your experience in the interim six years (especially post-2016) has changed?  Have you now heard about that happening more?  It seems like it does; people are more aggressive and cross boundaries when they want to hurt someone for disagreeing with them.  I am genuinely curious; when I saw this was from 2015 I thought “Oh, you sweet summer child.”  Hope to hear your thoughts; thank you.

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From Aidan Devlon on November 26, 2021 :: 3:21 pm


I opened a link to tell Facebook not to sell my data to third parties.  The instructions told me to use the toggle, which was to the right side; it was pale blue and button set on the left by default.  When I click it, it becomes pale grey, button slid right.  It is unclear what is the “don’t sell data” position, especially as I do not know whether the link that opened the page also adjusted the toggle.  Of course it is not made clear, despite the hefty paragraph of explanatory text.  I left it grey–is that correct?  Is it “Grey=no sale of personal data; Blue=make $$ by selling my info?”  (I don’t mind targeted ads; I almost prefer them.  But I guess I am with the crowd [a lá Yang] that wants a dividend if I am being sold).  Thank you in advance.

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From Josh Kirschner on December 01, 2021 :: 10:28 am


Hi Aidan,

Facebook doesn’t sell our data directly to anyone, instead it uses data uploaded by advertisers to match with your Facebook data for ad targeting. So there is no setting for “don’t sell data” that I can find. Can you be more specific where in the settings you saw this and I can research further?

If you’re referring to the setting in Ad Preferences to “Choose where we can use data from our partners to show you personalized ads.”, then setting it to grey means Facebook will not use data from ad partners to show targeted ads on Facebook and elsewhere.

Best,
Josh

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From Dwaine Bowden on January 20, 2022 :: 11:47 am


Hi I created my boyfriends Facebook account because he didn’t know how and asked me to.  Of course I added him as a friend, but for some reason I can only see on his news feed what I alone tagged him in.  I cannot see anything else his friends posts eventhough we have the same friends and are friends with the same friends.  I’ve checked all the settings and they all say available to Friends.  Why can’t I see anything else on his page?

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From Jody on February 22, 2022 :: 3:41 pm


Under settings friendless it will sort by newest friends or oldest friends or by default. My question is how is default decided? How is that sorted? I’m not talking about the pictures of the top of the profile page I’m talking about the list of friends that you can locate also where it says friend request you can go to your friends and there’s a list how did they decide the default list.

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From Marcia on March 15, 2022 :: 11:29 am


Hi,

I recently changed my privacy settings on Facebook to not link to search engines, removing me from external engines.  After you change this setting, does anyone know about how long it takes for my Facebook page to not come up on engines like Google?

I checked a few days later and it still comes up.

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From Josh Kirschner on March 15, 2022 :: 6:00 pm


Once Google has you indexed, it will keep you indexed until it tires to recrawl your profile page and finds that it can’t be found on Facebook. It may take Google a few days to recrawl the page or a few months - there’s no way to say for sure. Though if your profile is private, anyone clicking from Google to your profile won’t be able to see anything.

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From Rick on May 26, 2022 :: 10:35 am


Greetings,

In the olden days, when a friend connected with a new friend, would get a notice something like” your friend susy is now friends with jimbob”.

I assume that my friends received the same notice when I became friends with someone.  (How many times can you put the word friend in the same paragraph. !?).

I this something that still happens and if so how can I stop it with out blocking people from seeing my friends list?

Thanks!

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From Judy on May 27, 2022 :: 6:53 pm


Hello,
My sister was able to like a comment I made on a person she isn’t friends with.  That surprised me & can’t figure out how to fix this?  I also don’t like the fact that when I like something, Facebook will announce that I liked a certain post.  Are there ways of fixing this? 


Thank you so much for your time!

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From Unknown on June 26, 2022 :: 5:30 pm


I just understand that Facebook is the source of all security and privacy misinformation! Due to government demand, Mark Zuckberger provides the government with all of the data informants it needs to all identify Facebook users. Therefore, Friendica is pleasant and comfortable way to go! BUT what is the greatest strategy to avoid detection by the authorities? All browsers include the open source are Element Messenger or Session Messenger!

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From barbmalt22@icloud.com on July 04, 2022 :: 11:18 am


This is all very very very confusing. I have my Settings on only me but my friend replied so she obviously saw my comment even though it was set to only me. So I don’t believe this only me works. Facebook always brings up this public stuff but a friends page I wouldn’t think would be public maybe it is but either way only me does not work. So what am I doing wrong? How can I control what is the public page?

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From Josh Kirschner on July 05, 2022 :: 6:26 pm


Even if your default setting is “only me”, every post you make to your feed has its own privacy settings. And once you make a post with a certain setting (e.g., Friends only), all future posts will have that setting until you change it. Also, posts you make to a group or page follow the privacy settings for the group/page, which in most cases will be visible to all group members or public.

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From James Mooney on July 28, 2022 :: 2:06 am


There is no dropdown arrow on the right or left (desktop). There is a scrolling list on the left if you click a six-dot rectangle, but nothing about Privacy. FB is making it Impossible to find. This is typica for FB. I’ve tried about five different pages, all with different or bad advice.

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