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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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facebook do not allow sharing website links

From Aalejandro P. Hamblin on September 06, 2018 :: 2:59 am

When I share my website link to facebook post. I get this error (“Posts that look like spam according to our Community Guidelines are blocked on Facebook and can’t be edited.”). My website has no content that violates fb community guidelines. My website link is Please help.


Maybe your posts are spam?

From Josh Kirschner on September 06, 2018 :: 10:21 am

It’s not clear on what posts you’re posting your link or which pages of your site you’re linking to. But if you’re just posting your website out there hoping to drive traffic/SEO, then it may be that Facebook is correctly categorizing your posts as spam. It could also be that other Facebook users have been flagging your prior posts as spam and now Facebook is blocking additional posts.


Blocked on FB

From Ilbra Aleihe on September 27, 2018 :: 1:10 am


I am having an issue with FB and no one seems to know how to resolved it. I have exhausted all of my options. Problem is, I cannot see few of my friends and my boyfriends FB file and vise versa. They have not blocked, I am not on restricted list and they are not on mine. I have reported the issue, but got a generic ‘thank you’ message.


Can you clarify the issue?

From Josh Kirschner on September 27, 2018 :: 7:25 pm

When you say you cannot see your boyfriend’s “FB file”, do you mean you can’t see his Facebook profile, you don’t see posts from him or something different?


Are the connected apps linked

From Elise Espinoza on October 08, 2018 :: 10:10 am

Are the connected apps linked to my fb listed in a specific order?


Connected apps in chronological order?

From Elise Espinoza on October 08, 2018 :: 10:12 am

Im trying to figure out when i gave access to a specifuc site. Its the first on ghe list of my connected apps but it i dont think it was the modt recent. How can i know for sure? What order are thry listed in?


Not really

From Josh Kirschner on October 09, 2018 :: 1:37 pm

Looking at my own apps, they aren’t listed in any clear order, it’s certainly not when I installed the app or last used it. So not sure what the algorithm is for sorting, but I wouldn’t read too much into the order the apps are listed.


A tool to check your privacy

From Albert on October 22, 2018 :: 7:49 am

Try Privacy Pub it will tell you which data is public in your profile:


How does a website know who my Facebook friends are?

From Scott on October 28, 2018 :: 10:15 am

So I thought I would check out Touch of Modern after seeing a TV ad. I open a browser, type in the search, go directly to the site and see a window with an option to “log in with Facebook” or an option to enter an email address to access the site. Before I enter anything, there is a line saying “John Smith likes this”, and shows his facebook profile pic, and there is another profile pic next to it of someone else, both of these people are my Facebook friends.  Now I get that they are trying to market by saying, Hey your friends like this. But how do they know who my friends are when I haven’t entered any info on the page, have never visited before, etc. Seems strange, does anybody know how this works? How do they even know who I am?


They're using the Facebook login and widget feature

From Josh Kirschner on October 29, 2018 :: 11:31 am

Touch of Modern is using a login feature that connects directly to Facebook (similar to what we use as an option for our comments). Along with that login, they’re using a Facebook “widget” that shows friends who like a page. If you’re already logged into Facebook in your browser, your friends will show. If you hadn’t logged in to Facebook, nothing would show (you can test this yourself by going to Touch of Modern in incognito mode). Touch of Modern doesn’t have this friend information, that widget is coming directly from Facebook and Touch of Modern is just displaying it. If you go to our homepage, you’ll see a similar Facebook widget.


Photo Tag Help

From T on December 30, 2018 :: 4:34 am

If you tag friends in just one photo of a post with several photos, do their friends see the whole post with all the photos or just the photo they are tagged in?

I ask as even though I have only tagged them in one photo, their name now appears on the overall post heading?


Prevent new friend from seeing old post

From Anne Moutrie on January 10, 2019 :: 12:21 am

I want to add a new friend but I want to prevent that new friend from seeing one existing old post. The only way I can see to do that is to change the audience on the post from Friends to a custom setting of all my existing friends, and then add the new friend. I assume that once added, they wn’t be able to see that one post as they are not on the custom list? But that going forward they would see all other posts that are classed as friends?


Work and education in Facebook

From MD. ATIQUR RAHMAN on January 23, 2019 :: 10:04 am

Hey, people can see nothing in my work and education section although i set those as public in facebook. Please help.



From Vijay Singh on March 01, 2019 :: 8:35 am

Why Facebook block me if i am not doing anything else why is my password frogen


Because you did something

From Josh Kirschner on March 01, 2019 :: 8:12 pm

If you are blocked, it is because either you were doing something that’s against the policies or posting material that is inappropriate/against the policies.


my Fan Page has no Photo/Video Option!

From Lorrie marlow on March 08, 2019 :: 7:22 pm

I want to post as my PERSONAL SELF onto my “Fan” PAGE.  But when I do that, the option to add a Photo/Video disappears.  It only reappears if I post AS MY FAN PAGE ONTO that fan page.  And when I try to SHARE to the FAN PAGE by adding a photo a PRIVACY SETTING message comes up over and over.  I know Mercury is in retrograde.  or IS IT JUST MEEEEEEE?!


He changed everything

From My son on April 05, 2019 :: 4:34 pm

Hi, I have a under aged boy who happens to be computer savy nd unfortunately I’m not! And he has changed his passwords for his email and facebook so that i can’t see anything. . how do i get back into his account without him telling me his passwords. His email is the same but he’s changed the passwords on those too so I can’t get in and see his password saved list, without putting in his password. Can u help?


This needs a parenting solution, not a tech solution

From Josh Kirschner on April 08, 2019 :: 12:06 pm

There’s no way to get into his email or Facebook with having his passwords. However, this should be a condition of him using technology - no password, no phone or computer use. I have the passwords for all of my kids accounts - email, social media, etc. I almost never access them, but they know I could if I wanted to. And if they didn’t share, they would quickly find themselves without access to those apps or devices.


old posts are not showing

From pabitra panda on May 28, 2019 :: 12:03 pm

i have been using facebook since 2011 i have added many photos of my old memoirs but now all photos are not showing , only some photos are showing which has added within 2 months , when i am going to that posting date its showing—
this content is not available right now-
when this happens,its usually because the owner only shared with a small group of people, changed who can see it or its been deleted.

plz help me


Privacy issues

From jb on June 04, 2019 :: 4:35 pm

Why can people Im not friends with still access my profile, even though I have it marked Friends only in privacy settings?


What, exactly, are your marking as private?

From Josh Kirschner on June 05, 2019 :: 3:31 pm

Certain profile information (e..g, your name and photo) are always public - there is no way to mark them as private. What information are people seeing that you thought should be private in your privacy settings?



From Judy Gordes on July 03, 2019 :: 4:56 pm

Some photos on my timeline are blocked.  I can’t even see photos on my profile.  What is wrong?



From Judy Gordes on July 03, 2019 :: 4:59 pm

I am being blocked from seeing some of the photos on my timeline. I also cannot see any of the photos on my profile.


Can you clarify what you mean by blocked?

From Josh Kirschner on July 03, 2019 :: 6:52 pm

Is there a specific error message you’re getting or are you just not seeing any photos? Are you sure the photos are there and weren’t deleted? Can other people see them?



From s bienvenu on July 03, 2019 :: 5:14 pm

If I post an event from my personal page and I want the event to be public, does the public then have access to my page?


Can "friends" of specific friends see posts

From Linda on August 04, 2019 :: 6:07 pm


If my underlying setting says that “friends of friends” can see posts, if on a specific post I choose a specific friend, can his or her friends see this post or is it only viewable to the specific friend?



What setting are you looking at?

From Josh Kirschner on August 06, 2019 :: 3:08 pm

In Facebook, posts can be set to Public, Friends or customized for individual people. “Friends of friends” isn’t one of the options. Which setting are you looking at where you see that?


Receiving messages from unknown people

From Jose Angelo Alconaba on August 27, 2019 :: 2:16 pm

I remember there use to be a selection on who can send you messages.Where one of its option is “friends only”. My question is,is it possible to limit those messages to only those who are in my friends list and keep out those who I do not know?! I have been receiving messages from “life forms” I don’t know who cannot publicly say what they want to say (like posting comments on my page itself). Sometimes these paid political trolls are using multiple account. They think the can silence me my sending private messages. They are weong. In fact, they only proved that thwy are coward. PLEASE help. Thanks.


You can't limit messages to just friends

From Josh Kirschner on September 03, 2019 :: 3:34 pm

Facebook doesn’t have the ability to limit messages to “Friends only”. It’s an obvious need that people have been requesting for a while. You can block individual people, but that isn’t helpful when the unwanted messages are coming from an endless stream of spammy/nuisance accounts.


Stop messages from non friends

From Desiree on August 27, 2019 :: 3:03 pm

I have been getting unwanted messages that are causing me a lot of distress. How can I change my settings so only friends can send me messages?


Can't do it

From Josh Kirschner on September 03, 2019 :: 3:36 pm

As I noted in the comment above, Facebook doesn’t have the ability to limit messages to “Friends only”. We’re going to try to take the issue up with Facebook to see if we can get a better answer, but my expectations aren’t high, given that this has been an issue for so long yet they haven’t taken action.



From Neville Reilly on September 15, 2019 :: 7:07 am

How do i post a photo and have it covered as warning sensitive type photo The ones that you have to say yes to open


About privacy

From Shéla Sookroo on September 19, 2019 :: 4:40 am

Hi! I wanted to know whether my friends on my restricted list can view my about/details like relationship status if i’ve changed the audience from “only me” to “friends”


Probably "no"

From Josh Kirschner on September 19, 2019 :: 2:53 pm

According to Facebook, anyone you’ve added to your restricted list won’t be able to see anything you haven’t shared as public. For example (from Facebook help), if you set your boss to restricted, “If your boss goes to your profile, they won’t be able to see anything you haven’t tagged them in or shared as Public.”

The problem is that Facebook sometimes provides misleading info or changes privacy procedures without communicating them adequately. To be safe, you could create custom privacy for your relationship status as Friends, but that excludes certain people.


Why 'FUTURE posts' on settings

From IslandGirl on September 25, 2019 :: 4:58 pm

Why can I set “future posts’ when setting privacy and not ‘all posts’?  Can everyone see my past posts?


' Settings ' link going to wrong page

From Tom on October 10, 2019 :: 4:07 am

The ’ settings ’ text link at top right of my business page (there are 2) doesn’t takes me to a page where i can change my settings for my facebook page, for the last couple of weeks it’s been taking me to the very 1st page i see after clicking ‘login ’ where there are no settings options, what’s going on?


Permissions on post

From Howie Meivogel on November 04, 2019 :: 11:02 pm

If I set a permission on a post to share with just one other person (specific friends) from my friends list will all my post I now create only have that Specific friends permission until I change the permission manually prior to posting it ? Thanks


Yes, it will keep the same permission

From Josh Kirschner on November 06, 2019 :: 7:59 pm

Facebook defaults to new posts using the same permission as the last post you made. So, if you selected specific friends, it will stay on specific friends. Which is why when you set a post to Public, it’s especially important to pay attention to your future posts to make sure you want them to be public, as well.



From Boji on November 07, 2019 :: 9:31 pm

How do you know what your friends see about you in the case of liking certain posts.  It seems sort of random, but sometimes I’ll get a notification of a friend liking a certain post.  I’m not so interested in what people see when they actually come to my page/timeline, but I just want to know what pops up on THEIR page about me whenever I’m liking other people’s posts or commenting on other people’s posts. 

For example, once in a while I’ll see a post and write a comment, then suddenly a friend is liking my comment or responding to it, despite the post having nothing to do with them.


It is all based on the Facebook algorithms

From Josh Kirschner on November 08, 2019 :: 10:07 am

The Facebook algorithms use a variety of factors to determine whether you will be shown your fiend liking posts, and vice versa. The goal is to maximize engagement, but what factors actually come into play and how, we don’t know - it’s a black box.



From Boji on November 08, 2019 :: 8:43 pm



Private posts to friend

From Johnson Harvey on November 11, 2019 :: 10:05 pm

Please tell me how I can post on a friends and make it available that only he can see it.



From Lynette Rodgers on November 25, 2019 :: 4:47 am

I unblocked my friend and sent him a friend request which he accepted.  Before I blocked him I could see his friend list.  Now I can only see his friend list if he puts his friends list to public. He said he doesn’t want it public.  He says he doesn’t care if I see his friend list.  He also said he doesn’t have me restricted anywhere and that his other friends can see the list but not me. He said to ask Facebook what he can do. When his privacy setting is on public I can see it but as soon as he switches back to friends it is gone.  Help…....I am his friend on FB and should be able to see his friends like all his other friends can.


people you may know

From Philip Christopher Haggerty on December 19, 2019 :: 8:11 am

over the past 3 days I have received over 500 requests from people I may know I know none of them is facebook just dumping people on you and can I stop it?


Difference between requests and suggestions

From Josh Kirschner on December 19, 2019 :: 11:36 am

There is a difference between Friend Requests (when someone actively asks to be your friend) and Friend Suggestions (people who Facebook thinks you might know based on their algorithms). Facebook determines Friend Suggestions based on a number of factors, including friends you have in common, people who have uploaded your email in their address books (and vice versa) and then synced those addresses with Facebook, and possible other factors, such as same schools/graduating classes, etc.

There is no way to turn off Friend Suggestions, but you shouldn’t get too worked up about it. They aren’t active Friend Requests - just ignore them.


not able to block pages

From Itzik Shabo on December 23, 2019 :: 10:56 am

I hate the news in all it’s forms and from all over the world. I feel it’s all negative and mostly lies. So are many other pages. Facebook makes the process extremely difficult to block those pages. I finally learned how to do it and guess what? After a short while I can no longer block them the way I did it. Facebook has a message saying I can’t block them for now. It’s been 2 weeks since I was able to block pages by going on their site and blocking them from the option menu. Now I was told I can block those pages by reporting them first. I did that but still seeing videos with violence, fake news, videos about British , Australian and Canadian news. Facebook is acting like a bully forcing me to watch what I choose not to.



From Jack on December 11, 2020 :: 12:14 pm

I have found a way to resolve ALL the issues from ALL social media platforms. It was much easier then expected. I simply closed them all. Try it and see for yourselves.


stop sharing of my posts and pictures

From Gary Mock on February 10, 2020 :: 5:11 pm

How do I stop people from sharing my posts and pictures? I have seen posts by individuals and organizations that there is no share button on their posts.


It's based on the privacy settings of the post

From Josh Kirschner on February 11, 2020 :: 3:55 pm

If you post something as “friends only”, then they won’t be able to share your comments or photos. However, if you shared a story from another site, like the Washington Post, people will be able to share the news story from the WaPo, but not your associated comments. If you share something as “Public”, then others will be able to share your posts or photos.


Facebook profile picture privacy settings v/s messenger

From Geraldine on April 13, 2020 :: 1:07 am

Hi, I’ve, for a while now, set the privacy settings for my Facebook profile picture to friends only. The whole purpose being I did not want people looking me up to see my profile picture.
However I recently noticed that anyone looking me up on the messenger app can actually see my profile picture.  Is there any way at all that my profile picture in messenger could be restricted to whatever settings I’ve used in Facebook?? I wouldn’t mind my profile picture not being seen at all on messenger should it come to that..


Profile pictures can't be private

From Josh Kirschner on April 13, 2020 :: 6:25 pm

Certain profile information can never be private on Facebook, this includes your name, profile picture, cover photo, gender, username and user ID. See:

So not sure why you thought your profile picture was private on Facebook, but it likely never was. And that is also why it shows up on Messenger.


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