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The Complete Guide to Facebook Privacy Settings

by on August 16, 2019
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Privacy concerns and privacy controls on Facebook are ever changing. When you post a picture of your kids at a family gathering, which one of your Facebook friends can share it? What private information are those Facebook game apps collecting on you for "third-party uses"? How do you make sure that live video stream is seen only by people you choose? Every action you take on Facebook has privacy and sharing implications that need to be considered before you upload that next selfie.

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

Facebook Privacy

The basic privacy options

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

Posts

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

The Friend setting has a few tweaks you should be aware of as well. By clicking on the 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

Profile

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 Check, 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 dropdown arrow on the left of the post or photo and then click on the the Remove Tag button at the top of the page) or simply click Hide so they don’t appear on your Timeline.

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 everthing 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 actvities 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. 

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 freinds.

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, this is the section for you.

Restricted list

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

Block users

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

Block messages

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

Block app invites

In addition to blocking and restricting people from your profile, you can also block app invitations on a user-by-user basis. So if your Aunt Jackie keeps bombarding you with 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 8/16/2019

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If someone I’m friends with

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

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

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If my posts are set

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

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

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Obscure comments

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

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

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That's how Facebook works

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

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

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Quick query.

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

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

Thanks in advance

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No, not for settings changes

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

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

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about followers

From Gaurav on January 30, 2018 :: 1:32 am

hey josh…the public post window is not opening in my device. it says ‘the page you requested was not found’...

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Can you clarify?

From Josh Kirschner on January 30, 2018 :: 1:42 am

Sorry, Gaurav. I’m not clear on what you’re referring to. Can you clarify what the issue is?

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hiding group

From jhgd tesc on February 04, 2018 :: 5:21 pm

How do i hide the groups im in and why is it so difficult to figure it out

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Building a New Friend Community

From Kathy on February 15, 2018 :: 4:04 pm

Thanks for this blog post, John! I’ve been registered on FB for a while but have shy about posting because I’m unsure of the privacy settings and exactly who can see what. There seem to be so many hidden fields and settings.

I really want to use my FB account for attracting and connecting socially with other business-minded people. My problem is I DON’T want to connect with my real-life friends and family (I have WhatsApp for that, and that’s where I’d like them to remain) and I don’t necessarily want them reading my stuff, however, I want to attract people to connect with me who may do a search to find people with similar interests as they have.

The reason I don’t want to connect with my friends and family on FB is that although I love them, too many of them send me time-wasting conspiracy theory nonsense in Whats-App, and I don’t want them duplicate posting this to my FB page. Neither do I want them posting their cat videos and certain other things on my timeline. Sure, I know I can restrict postings, but that just opens up a whole other can of worms of hurt feelings and questions of “why did you post his stuff, but not mine?” that I’d just rather not deal with.

I want to be able to send out friend requests to people I don’t know but who share my interests and I know 99% of the time when you do this, the person is going to look at your FB profile to get a sense of the type of person you are and I don’t want a lot of ignorant stuff cluttering my timeline. I know I’ve scoped people’s timelines before and have been turned off from connecting with them because of what I’ve seen on their timelines.

I want to be able to run my business and post my ideas without judgment and commentary from nosey friends, family, church members and tenants, yet be open to connecting with people who are more aligned in their thinking as I am. Does that make sense and is it possible on FB?

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Facebook Groups is the better approach

From Josh Kirschner on February 20, 2018 :: 4:02 pm

Facebook is all about connecting with friends and family, so working outside that context gets a little tricky. The best way to do this through Facebook is to setup a Facebook Group for the your interest area and encourage like-minded people to join. Outreach will be hard if you have no friends on Facebook, though you can invite people by email address, as well as Facebook friend connections.

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Facebook ads

From Christine on February 19, 2018 :: 7:42 am

Hi since a few days ago I see that in the privacy part of FB just below the apps there is fb ad icon and when I click on it it tells me that can’t connect link isn’t working on a grey background and please try again. It won’t open. Any suggestions please. Thx

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Should be working

From Josh Kirschner on February 20, 2018 :: 3:54 pm

I’m not seeing that same issue. When I click on the Facebook Ads privacy settings, it takes me to this page: https://www.facebook.com/ads/preferences/. See if that link works for you.

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Facebok Privacy How to hide myself on totly

From Rizwan on February 27, 2018 :: 5:21 am

Hi Every one,

I am Rizwan Ansar Please anyone help me how i can make my self totally visible on Facebook so that no one can see that i am using Facebook i want total hide myself on Facebook…

thank
Regards

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Not possible

From Josh Kirschner on February 27, 2018 :: 9:36 am

Certain basic Facebook profile information, such as your name, will always be public - there is no way to prevent that. But the bigger question is why you would want to use a “social network” platform and be totally invisible? If you can provide more details on why you want to be on Facebook anonymously, perhaps I can provide more helpful suggestions to accomplish what you’re looking to protect.

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Facebook posting problem

From jon spencer on February 28, 2018 :: 9:10 am

This is on a Mac running 10.11.6 and I am using Safari.
When I try to write a new message post,  the whole page grey’s out, when I attach a photo first I am able to write and post.
I can post in comments on others posts and older posts of mine, attach photos too.
I have cleared the cache, restarted the computer (twice) and the problem still continues.

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Try updating your Mac OS

From Josh Kirschner on February 28, 2018 :: 2:50 pm

This is a tricky issue to resolve without more hands-on with the issue. However, the version of Mac OS you’re running is 18 months old. In addition to opening yourself up to security risks, it’s possible there are fixes in the later version to the OS or Safari that may resolve your issue.

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The MOST important setting....

From Amanda on March 15, 2018 :: 7:49 am

What about people seeing that you are ACTIVE? I have tried to no avail to be able to use fb without anyone seeing I’m on and it never works. It still shows when I am active. Even when I close the app. Why anybody needs to know this I do not know.  Maybe there’s something I’m doing wrong or not doing, I would love to know.

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Restricted List

From Jennifer on March 20, 2018 :: 12:48 pm

I have accidentally added someone on to my restricted friend list. I have removed them OFF that list today, from my friend page and my setting page. He no longer shows up as a restricted friend on any list. HOWEVER, when I put in the VIEW AS with his name, it comes up as restricted!!! Is that because it takes time to reset? I have been trying to figure this out all day with no luck!

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Is it working today?

From Josh Kirschner on March 21, 2018 :: 9:18 am

My guess is that it was just taking time to update. How is it looking now?

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Friend's Photos to upload

From Alicia on April 07, 2018 :: 6:16 pm

Hello,
I am wanting to make a photo book for my exchange student as a gift. When I go to upload photos of him from his Facebook account from my Shutterfly, his profile is not there while many of my other friends are. He checked his settings, and they are set to public. He even changed his birthdate to be over 18 since we thought that as the problem Do you know what the problem could be?

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privacy

From anonymous on April 10, 2018 :: 3:54 pm

If someone I am not friends with changes the privacy on who can see their profile, will i still be able to see new friends?

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Friends' List Conundrum - Help!

From jsilvio on April 26, 2018 :: 2:11 am

One of my Facebook friends (A) and one of his friends (B) both have public friends’ lists. I can see all of A’s friends and all of B’s friends even though I’m only friends with A. So here’s the issue: B does NOT show up on A’s friends’ list, even though A shows up in B’s. How can that happen when both of their friends’ lists are public? It could only happen if B (who’s not my friend) had a restricted friends’ list (and even then, I’d still be able to see A as a mutual friend). Friends’ list privacy settings apply to your entire list; you can’t pick and choose who to hide from others. Can anyone help explain this? It’s tripping me out. Thanks!

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friendship line

From robert freyer on April 29, 2018 :: 10:05 am

One of my “see friendship” lines doesn’t show the latest tagged activities. And not all our tagged activities show on the “see friendship” line. It stopped about eight months ago and I still tag her and she tags me. However I suspect she has changed a setting so she in some way isn’t a friend?? I have gone to others facebooks and there I do see our tagged posts. But “see friendship” has stopped.
Also she no longer shows as in a relationship with me. Except on her phone and mine. To the other accounts she shows ” No relationship Staus to show” Has she turned her relationship status to ” Only me” ?

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A mysterious/unexplained Facebook information request.

From Andrew Pelling on May 12, 2018 :: 6:38 am

Hello. I wonder if you can please help. I keep getting: “Glory Glory Tottenham Hotspur needs your review. If we don’t hear from you, the information in question will be automatically updated.” in the notifications on my Facebook Sports page. I’ve clicked on the review link and I’m tempted to use the “Reject” option, but am not sure if that’ll be a bad idea, as I have absolutely no idea what info FB wants to update and there’s no explanation. (There’s a ‘?’ but that tells me nothing) I have 11 days left to act. Please help, if you can.

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Someone suggested an edit

From Josh Kirschner on May 15, 2018 :: 10:53 am

Anyone can suggest an edit to your page information on Facebook (kinda annoying if it happens a lot). Potential options are: Name, Category, Phone, Website, Email. So those are the things you should check to see what was suggested. If you’re not sure what was suggested, it’s probably safest to hit reject.

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To keep family and friends separate, create a separate FB page?

From Jan on May 15, 2018 :: 9:13 am

I have read elsewhere and read every question here regarding keeping groups of people separate, and I can see that works if I am posting and selecting the audience before I do but I can’t control who sees if I like or respond to someone’s post from either group. Is the only solution to keeping everything separate the creation of a secondary identity from which you can invite the completely different group of friends? I think it would be confusing managing two identities and timelines. Help please?

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Yep, you can't control that

From Josh Kirschner on May 15, 2018 :: 10:58 am

As you realize, you can control who sees your Facebook posts, but not who sees your likes or comments on other people’s posts. You’re going to have to live with that, so comment accordingly. I wouldn’t create two profiles because it is a violation of Facebook’s terms, so one or both could get deleted, and would be a pain in the butt to manage and keep everything (and everyone) straight.

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Can't control facebook control!

From Jan on May 15, 2018 :: 12:35 pm

Thanks Josh, I appreciate the clear and simple answer, you can’t control your own page and connections. If we can’t control Facebook then it is controlling us and we are learning it isn’t a benign place to be. There have been too many major problems overall. I think I will mainly use messenger and keep looking for an alternative. (I have just looked and things are very promising. Might need you to look into this and unravel what’s best?)

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Photos blocked

From Karen huffman on May 16, 2018 :: 10:57 pm

I want to keep everything the same on my FB , except I want to have all my “photos”  under photos, to NOT be seen by ANYONE!
When someone, friend or public, try’s to tap on any of my photos, I want it to say, “no photos available.”!

I want the only photos anyone sees is what I post on Facebook!
But I, myself, want to be able to see them all!

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You can add them to a private album

From Josh Kirschner on May 17, 2018 :: 8:08 am

The most efficient way to do this is to create an album for those photos you want to keep private and upload the photos to this album. You can set the privacy when you create the album in the lower right corner. Or change the privacy for an existing album by editing the album and changing the privacy setting under the album’s name.

Alternatively, you can post photos as you normally do, but set the privacy for that individual post to “Only me”.

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Scheduling Post in Groups

From Angela on May 21, 2018 :: 11:56 am

I use to have the option to schedule my post in my Facebook group (I am assigned as Admin) but now that option is not available to me when creating a post in my group. Not sure what has changed, or I need to update a setting for me to get this option back?

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Do you see the little clock icon?

From Josh Kirschner on May 21, 2018 :: 1:15 pm

When you add a post to your group you should see a little clock icon next to the Post button. Do you see that? That’s how you can schedule posts for a specific time.

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Do personal page blocked people show on business pages

From Elizabeth on June 01, 2018 :: 8:52 pm

Someone has me blocked on his personal page but I think he likes both my business pages. There is one person on each who I cannot see and there are often notifications and insights that don’t match. If someone has me blocked on their personal page can I see them on my business pages if they like them?

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Yes, they would show

From Josh Kirschner on June 04, 2018 :: 11:50 pm

Business pages are completely separate from personal pages, and business page privacy is governed by the settings of the page, not the individual user. So if someone likes your business page, you would be able to see them, even if they have you blocked on your personal pages. I tested this out on our Techlicious page - blocked myself on one account but was able to see comments from that account.

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Confused

From B on June 11, 2018 :: 3:54 am

When trying to “share a post with certain friends only” why do certain fb friends not show up?? This person always did before. We are still friends and name is still in my normal friends list! I don’t understand!

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Privacy

From anca on June 13, 2018 :: 2:07 am

In order to make my Facebook settings i use PlusPrivacy app. This app configure all the privacy settings on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn to their most privacy-friendly values with a single click.
https://plusprivacy.com/faq/

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Privacy

From MickeyClarky on June 13, 2018 :: 3:36 am

I use ivacy vpn to hide my Ip address while I am streaming content online.

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I notice that some of

From Lisa Fleagle on June 13, 2018 :: 4:47 pm

I notice that some of my friends and family are not on my FB anymore, would you please explain why FB is controlling my FB please.

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Can you elaborate?

From Josh Kirschner on June 14, 2018 :: 8:28 am

When you say “not on my Facebook”, do you mean you don’t see them as friends or you are not seeing their posts? Or something else?

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Private Messages

From Betsy on June 14, 2018 :: 9:21 am

When someone sends you a private message on Facebook. Is there a way you can not let it show that you’ve “seen” the message?

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Sort of

From Josh Kirschner on June 14, 2018 :: 11:36 am

If you look at the message through your phone’s notification window, but don’t actually open it in Messenger, then it won’t show as “read”. Similarly, if you just view the message in your Facebook messenger notifications on desktop, it won’t show as read. But if you mark it as “read”, even in the notification are, it will show up as read for the sender.

I haven’t found any way to get around this in a more comprehensive way through settings, other than to block someone entirely.

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thanks

From pedro on June 23, 2018 :: 7:47 pm

thanks

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Friends of Friends option

From JESSICA RHODES on June 26, 2018 :: 12:31 pm

If I select “Friends of Friends"for Who can see what others post on your timeline, but exclude one person, does this also exclude the friends of the excluded person?

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Undo everything I did

From Pat on July 05, 2018 :: 8:24 am

I got a friend request from a stranger and I blocked them. I want to friend them back but it won’t let me. On messenger page I can see my messages to them but theirs to me say harassment, spam, harmful and I didn’t do that. I can’t get them back as friend or see their Facebook page. How you I undo all that’s been done and some things I didn’t do, Facebook did.  I want friend back.

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Did you unblock them?

From Josh Kirschner on July 08, 2018 :: 7:51 pm

In your Facebook Settings, under Blocking, did you unblock them?

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App posts privacy

From Cathy Williams on August 04, 2018 :: 5:43 am

Zynga shares all Farmville etc posts to all FB friends. It seems you can only go to Zynga and request that your app posts are only shared to other players. Showing the info to all FB is breach of Data Protection Regulations .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

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Changing the privacy settings of page “likes”

From CherylAnn on August 22, 2018 :: 9:18 pm

Thank you for this comprehensive tutorial! I have changed my privacy settings so that I have limited all old post to friends only. However, when I check my profile I see all of the Page likes I have had over the years. Is there way to change the privacy settings on those? It’s a very tedious process to go through and delete them, one by one, and the system doesn’t really allow you to delete them… Just hide them. At least as far as I can tell. Thanks for any help you can offer!

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Yes, you can change the settings all at once

From Josh Kirschner on August 23, 2018 :: 8:46 am

In your profile, click the “More” dropdown and select “Likes”. Click the little pencil icon at the top right of your Likes section and click “Edit the Privacy of Your Likes”. From there, you can change the privacy by entire categories (e.g., websites, movies, etc.), without the need to do it one by one for individual items you’ve liked.

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Profile picture privacy

From Umira Rafiq on August 26, 2018 :: 1:59 pm

Ok a huge issue i discovered today that all my past profile pictures are public, anyone can see them even all the privacy of all past pictures is set to only me or just friends 😠😠😠 i mean seriously wtf I went to “veiw as” n i could see that anyone could see my pictures past n present , profile pics that is…. How to stop this? Plz help asap

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