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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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This group needs to be stopped!

From Teresa on March 13, 2017 :: 4:32 pm

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


Keep reporting

From Josh Kirschner on March 13, 2017 :: 5:48 pm

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

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


Uneditable privacy settings...

From David on March 13, 2017 :: 6:50 pm

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


Commenting on public pages?

From Kerensa Baker on March 16, 2017 :: 7:03 pm

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


Anyone can see comments on a public page

From Josh Kirschner on March 17, 2017 :: 11:07 am

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


Public picture not being displayed

From Larry Moore on April 02, 2017 :: 11:05 pm

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



From BETTY JEAN FORD on April 05, 2017 :: 9:57 am



Notifications not working

From facebook10155011615402012 on April 20, 2017 :: 12:53 pm

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


Change Settings For Event Interest

From facebook10154690789262689 on May 16, 2017 :: 10:44 am

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


Unfortunately, no

From Josh Kirschner on May 16, 2017 :: 6:05 pm

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

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

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


What padlock symbol?!

From Kay on May 28, 2017 :: 5:52 am

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

I have no such symbol!


You can find the privacy

From Suzanne Kantra on May 29, 2017 :: 6:00 pm

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

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


Family or Close Friends list

From Sean on May 29, 2017 :: 4:47 pm

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


When you post something to

From Suzanne Kantra on May 29, 2017 :: 5:34 pm

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


Life event privacy setting change

From Ali B on June 01, 2017 :: 1:10 am

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



From Lenora on June 07, 2017 :: 6:15 pm

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

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


Others Sharing

From Leslie on June 15, 2017 :: 1:02 pm

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


Restricted privacy settings

From facebook810097832471026 on June 16, 2017 :: 11:31 am

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


Depends on what you set

From Josh Kirschner on June 16, 2017 :: 11:35 am

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


Privacy is for tempted sneaks

From Consuelo on July 02, 2017 :: 10:03 am

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


FB messenger

From Groovie Chickie on July 06, 2017 :: 5:46 am

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


That should have worked.

From Josh Kirschner on July 06, 2017 :: 4:39 pm

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


Can you hide things you comment on and like?

From mark on July 13, 2017 :: 3:21 am

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

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

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



From Josh Kirschner on July 14, 2017 :: 2:04 pm

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


Like/comment on friends page

From Mim on July 22, 2017 :: 5:20 pm

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


Check the privacy icon on the post

From Josh Kirschner on July 24, 2017 :: 4:06 pm

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


Thank you

From Mim on July 25, 2017 :: 6:39 pm

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


You're welcome!

From Josh Kirschner on July 26, 2017 :: 8:41 am

Glad the info was helpful.

My posting is mia

From Keith w. Fletcher on August 05, 2017 :: 9:54 pm

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


Cannot acces settings

From Bart on August 09, 2017 :: 1:29 pm

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

Any ideas how to fix this?


Commenting on posts not invited to

From sandyd on August 16, 2017 :: 7:56 pm

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


Commenting on posts not invited to

From Sandyd on August 21, 2017 :: 10:26 pm

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


That's her issue, not yours

From Josh Kirschner on August 22, 2017 :: 12:44 pm

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


You can make your Group list private

From Lisa Waite Bunker on August 21, 2017 :: 9:56 pm

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

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


Facebook settings

From Victoria Miley on August 29, 2017 :: 8:59 pm

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

Thanks in advance !


Yes, change the privacy setting for each post

From Josh Kirschner on August 30, 2017 :: 12:47 pm

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


hidign photos

From eve cheshier on December 19, 2018 :: 4:06 am

someone has gotten into my photos and is posting them on a group. i cannot uncheck the box to hide photos on the manange settings function. please fix this.


I have a problem accessing a group

From AP on September 21, 2017 :: 2:53 pm

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


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

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

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


sharing question

From Cece on October 23, 2017 :: 10:01 am

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



From Shubham kumar on October 29, 2017 :: 10:01 pm

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


group pages

From Jenny on November 29, 2017 :: 12:01 pm

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


Should be under the group notifications

From Josh Kirschner on November 29, 2017 :: 9:07 pm

Hi Jenny,

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

Are you not seeing that when you try?



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

From Paula moon on December 05, 2017 :: 6:27 pm

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


Bad news. You can't.

From Josh Kirschner on December 07, 2017 :: 7:24 pm

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


My Facebook account locked dy

From Rajiv Raj on December 11, 2017 :: 4:10 am

My Facebook account locked dy can’t open


Change privacy for exisiting posts when creating lists

From Tanya Cooke on December 17, 2017 :: 7:28 am

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


Posting on Group Site

From Jude on January 05, 2018 :: 10:46 pm

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


If someone I’m friends with

From Chaina Butner on January 06, 2018 :: 5:28 pm

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


If my posts are set

From Chaina Butner on January 06, 2018 :: 5:33 pm

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


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