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The Complete Guide to Facebook Privacy Settings

by on April 27, 2020
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The Complete Guide to Facebook Privacy Settings

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 Checkup, an easy-to-follow walkthrough of your current settings as they pertain to Posts, Apps and Websites, 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. (You'll find this under Settings > Privacy > Your Activity > Who can see future posts, if you're not going through the Privacy Checkup.) 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 triple dots, 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.

Facebook Privacy: Check Your Status Update Settings

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? These restrictions could come in handy both on a per post basis or as an overall option. You can even go back to change settings of previous posts by clicking on the selecting Limit Past Posts.

Finally, remember that you can change the sharing settings of any individual Facebook update by clicking on the triple dots, then sharing button to the left of the Post button.

Limit audience for a single post on Facebook


Here you can see the privacy setting on your phone number, email addresses, birthday, hometown, relationship status, and other personal details about your life. Under emails, it will show all email addresses associated with your account and who can view them. If you find an email address that you don't want associated with your account, you can delete it. After completing the Privacy Checkup, go to Settings > General > General Account Settings in Settings, you can add and remove email addresses and change your primary email address. 

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 it 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.

Apps and Websites

Remember the Facebook game you played too much last year? 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 box next to it and select Remove. Delete all apps that you're not actively using and review the sharing permissions of the remaining ones.

Privacy options

Privacy Settings and Tools

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. 

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.

Who can see my stuff? (Find out in Your Activity)

Who can see your future posts?

Select Edit and you can take complete control over who sees your posts. Use the predefined categories, like Friends and Friends of friends, or create a custom group. 

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 drop-down 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.

Limit the audience for posts you've shared with friends of friends or Public?

If you select Limit Past Posts, all your previous posts from Public or Friends of friends will revert 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. 

If you originally shared a post with a custom audience, like Close Friends, this tool will not change the audience for those posts.

How people find and contact you

Who can send you friend requests?

The default is Everybody, and the only other choice is Friends of Friends.

Who can see your friends list?

The default is Public, but you can customize who can see the list, including setting it to Only me.

Who can look me up?

Who can you look you up with the email address you provided?

If someone has your email address they can look you up, but only if your email is Public.  You can restrict it to Friends of Friends or just Friends 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. Whatever you choose, anyone will still be able to find your profile simply by looking up your name in Facebook search.

Access Your Information to review all of your Facebook actions

Here's where you can keep tabs on everything you've ever done on Facebook. Select Access Your Information and you'll see a large list of types of activities for easy access to see what you've done. For instance, read through all of your Comments on your posts, other people's posts, or in Groups you belong to. Scroll through Likes and Reactions to see posts, comments and Pages you've liked or reactive to and edit those actions. Review Photos and Videos you've shared or been tagged in and report the photo or remove the tag. See all of you Saved Items and read them, mark them as read or delete them. See a list of Event invitations you've received and responded to, and edit your response. 

In the section entitled Activity Log, you can scroll through all of your activities chronologically to view, edit and delete them. You can also see what the audience is for your activity, for instance is that comment seen by the person's friends, friends of friends or public. 

Manage how your Off-Facebook Activity is tracked

Manage how your Off-Facebook Activity is tracked

Facebook receives data from third parties when we visit sites or use apps that use Facebook's tools for tracking activities, including making purchases and logging in. Tracking your activity across the internet gives Facebook a fairly clear picture of your day-to-day activities, which it uses to serve ads and recommend content it thinks you’ll like. To manage your Off-Facebook Activity, select Off-Facebook Activity and then Manage Your Off-Facebook Activity. Once you've input your Facebook password, you can see a list of every site and app that’s shared information with Facebook. Click on any site and select “turn off future activity” to stop it from adding data to your Facebook profile.

Timeline and tagging Options

Facebook Timeline and Tagging Settings

In Timeline and Tagging 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.

What people can see and add 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.

Who can see what others post on your timeline?

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.

Allow others to share your posts to their stories? 

Facebook defaults to allowing anyone to share your Public posts to their story. And if you tag someone in a post, they can share it to their story. In both cases, your full name and a link to your post will be visible for 24 hours. If you don't want others to be able to share your posts, Disable this option.

Hide comments containing certain words from your timeline

If you're concerned about certain words appearing in comments on your timeline, you can establish a word, phrase and emoji blacklist. Comments that contain banned content will only be able to be seen by the poster and their friends.

Who can see posts that you're tagged in?

Who can see posts you're tagged in on your timeline?

You have a great deal of flexibility here, 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. 

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.

Manually review other people's posts you're tagged in and tags before they appear on Facebook

Review posts you're tagged in before the post appears in 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.)

Review tags people add to your own posts before the tags appear on Facebook?

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.

What do my posts look like to other people?

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.

Manage blocking

Facebook Manage Blocking

If you want to take steps to keep people away from your profile, the "Blocking" 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 annoying 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.

Turn off face recognition

Facebook uses face-matching technology to suggest who you should tag in photos, prevent strangers from using a photo of you as their profile photo, and let you know when you might appear ina photo or video but haven't been tagged (if you're in the audience). 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.

Public post filters and tools

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). 

Check on apps and websites you've logged into with Facebook

Facebook Apps and Websites

Here you can find out which apps and sites you've logged into with Facebook. The important tab is the Active tab, which means these apps and sites currently have access to whatever data you opted into providing. Click on the box beside any app or site that you are no longer interested in accessing and then click Remove. For the rest, click on View and edit for each one to check on what information you're sharing and update your sharing preferences.

If you're not interested in using Facebook to connect with outside apps and sites, you can scroll down to Preferences and click on the Edit button in the Apps, Websites and Games box to turn off access. 

Check on Instant Games you've logged into with Facebook

Like with Apps and Websites, you can see which Instant Games you're logged into with Facebook and check on what you've agreed to share.

Find out what is determining the ads you see

Facebook ad preferences

Your Interests

Facebook compiles a list of your interests based on your activity on Facebook and your engagement with Pages hosted by businesses and ads. These interests will determine what ads you see in your Newsfeed. You can delete any interests by selecting the interest and choosing Remove.

Advertisers and Businesses

Here you will find a list of advertisers who have uploaded a list with your information, who has advertised to you, whose website or app you've used, whose ads you've clicked or blocked and more. 

For businesses who uploaded a list with your information and advertised to it, you can choose to Hide all ads from this advertiser. Facebook matched your profile with the advertiser's needs and showed the ad without revealing your identity.

For businesses who have uploaded and shared a list with your information, you can see how those businesses data resulted in ads shown. While you can see the businesses the uploaded the information, you can only choose to opt out of ads from advertisers who used the uploaded data.

Advertisers using lists with your information

For businesses whom you've visited, whose website or app you may have used, and whose ads you've clicked, you can choose to hide all ads from that advertiser.

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.

Under Your categories, you can find out what descriptors that your activity on Facebook and outside has revealed about you. Most of my fields were related to factual items such as “WiFi Users”, though there were a couple of interesting deductions too, such as “Potential mobile network or device change”.

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

Ad Settings

Ads based on data from partners

Nearly anywhere you click online, and in some cases where you shop in stores, 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 choose Not allowed here. You’ll still see advertising on Facebook, it just won’t be based on all those running shoes you were looking up.

Ads based on your activity on Facebook Company Products that you see elsewhere

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 in your profile 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 that include 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.

Facebook social ad example

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 Only my friends and No One.

Hide ad topics

If you really don't want to see ads for specific types of products or categories of products, you can choose to hide them for six months, a year or permanently. If the topic you object to isn't one that Facebook had made available for censorship, you can click on Suggest Other Topics to let them know.

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 4/27/2020

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

Natasha Stokes has been a technology writer for more than 7 years covering consumer tech issues, digital privacy and cybersecurity. As the features editor at TOP10VPN, she covered online censorship and surveillance that impact the lives of people around the world. Her work has also appeared on BBC Worldwide, CNN, Time and Travel+Leisure.

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stop notifications to friends when I join a group

From CS on August 31, 2016 :: 12:20 pm

So annoying - just can’t find any information anywhere on how to stop friends from getting a notification whenever I join or request to join a group - any ideas? thanks….


Can you hide a specific friend from just one other person.

From Greg Zeller on September 04, 2016 :: 9:09 am

I am divoreced and still friends with my ex on facebook for the sake of our kids. Recently I started dating someone new but I do not want my ex to see the the new persons profile. Is there a way of hiding/blocking just my ex from seeing just her profile in my friends list or her likes on my posts/shares?



From Cher Herzig Baggett on September 05, 2016 :: 9:02 am

Hello, I don’t want people to know when I’m on facebook.  How do I hide myself from the “online now” list? I have a friend who waits to see that I’m on facebook and immediately starts messaging and texting me.  I just want some privacy.


Custom List & Friends of Friends Tagged

From Anonymous on September 05, 2016 :: 8:33 pm

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


why can everyone see my stuff?

From Robin Privett on September 12, 2016 :: 8:43 pm

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


Why can't I block someone?

From Donna Edmond on September 13, 2016 :: 9:26 am

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



From Robin Privett on September 13, 2016 :: 5:22 pm

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


Public posts

From Helen on September 16, 2016 :: 6:19 pm

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


Josh, Do you understand what I am asking here?

From Helen on September 22, 2016 :: 10:34 am

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


I have a business Page

From Adam on September 20, 2016 :: 4:19 pm

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


Of course

From Josh Kirschner on September 21, 2016 :: 10:27 am

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



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

From J on September 20, 2016 :: 9:27 pm

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


Friends of Friends and use of Restricted List

From Ann on September 26, 2016 :: 1:45 pm

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


Yes, you can restrict friends of friends

From Josh Kirschner on September 26, 2016 :: 3:30 pm

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


Restricted List & Friends of Friends

From Ann on September 26, 2016 :: 3:47 pm

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

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



Yes, that would work

From Josh Kirschner on September 26, 2016 :: 5:31 pm

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

Thank you!

From Ann on September 26, 2016 :: 7:54 pm

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



Different settings for different pages I manage?

From Elmarie Tredoux on October 01, 2016 :: 9:01 am

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


Those have completely separate privacy settings

From Josh Kirschner on October 05, 2016 :: 10:16 am

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


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

From Michele on October 08, 2016 :: 3:43 pm

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



From Margaret Woodward on October 09, 2016 :: 6:33 am

How do I unfriend someone on my Facebook account?



From Josh Kirschner on October 11, 2016 :: 1:01 pm

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


Facebook business page privacy settings

From Pete Ormsbee on October 10, 2016 :: 3:43 pm

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


They are separate setting

From Josh Kirschner on October 11, 2016 :: 12:57 pm

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


Posting in a Secret Group

From Mike on October 20, 2016 :: 4:56 pm


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

Thank you.


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

From Khushbu Shah on November 03, 2016 :: 12:34 am

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


Friends-of-Friends sometimes unacknowledged as having Mutual Friends

From Prince of Parties on November 07, 2016 :: 4:47 am

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

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

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

What is going on?



From Aaron William Quinn on November 15, 2016 :: 8:44 pm

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



Posting a URL in a page I am an Admin of

From Brandon Swarthout on November 17, 2016 :: 10:40 am

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



Restricted or not?

From Faith on November 29, 2016 :: 2:33 am

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


Privacy settings for joining events and groups / pages

From Scott on November 30, 2016 :: 8:48 pm

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

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

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


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

From Tracy on December 10, 2016 :: 5:14 pm

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


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

From Tim on December 11, 2016 :: 7:04 pm

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

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


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

From Me on December 15, 2016 :: 9:24 pm

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


Cant find 'My Profile' as indicated above

From Kerri S on January 03, 2017 :: 12:28 pm

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


Restricting old posts

From Laurie on January 05, 2017 :: 1:15 pm

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


Manually change privacy for every old post

From Josh Kirschner on January 18, 2017 :: 3:30 pm

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



From Anna on January 18, 2017 :: 2:03 am

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


That's the best approach

From Josh Kirschner on January 18, 2017 :: 3:37 pm

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



From Anna on January 18, 2017 :: 6:34 pm

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


Question about facebook member using a persons info

From Teresa on January 31, 2017 :: 10:58 pm

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


It depends

From Josh Kirschner on February 10, 2017 :: 11:12 am

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

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


Close friends and tagging

From Liz on February 09, 2017 :: 11:08 am

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


Yes, but you can stop it

From Josh Kirschner on February 10, 2017 :: 11:16 am

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

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

For more details see:


nic nisgchal

From Nishxal Kto on March 02, 2017 :: 4:11 am

Nice nishchal


Friend Request: Friend of Friends - NOT !

From Howard Haradon on March 05, 2017 :: 7:12 pm

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


Are you sure about you're seeing friend requests?

From Josh Kirschner on March 07, 2017 :: 11:55 am

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


Hide/disable wall

From Sharon on March 10, 2017 :: 1:44 am

Hi there,

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


Not really

From Josh Kirschner on March 13, 2017 :: 5:29 pm

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


Blocking Page Followers from Friending Me

From Elodie Turpin on March 10, 2017 :: 4:50 pm

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


Yes, you can block people from following

From Josh Kirschner on March 13, 2017 :: 5:37 pm

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

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


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