How to Block Facebook Friends from your Posts

by Keri Honea on June 16, 2010

Maybe that sounds a little harsh. Perhaps the phrase, “protect your friends and yourself from your Facebook posts” sounds better. Either way, the result is the same: you can create a select group of Facebook friends who will never see certain posts on your page. Even though you should always, always be careful about what you write on the Internet, here are some ways you can protect yourself from work friends, family, or even mere acquaintances from seeing your Facebook status updates and posts.

Blocking Facebook Friends and Lists

If you want to block certain people completely without de-friending them, the following will show you how to easily do so. However, please be cautioned that this means they will not see your status updates or be able to comment on your wall, and they will not see you in Facebook chat. They will still be able to interact with you in any Facebook games and shared applications, though.

First step, click on your Account link in the upper right corner, and then select Privacy Settings.

Facebook Privacy Settings

Now click on the Block Lists link at the bottom. From there, you can enter in the friends’ names you want to block or any Friends Lists you have created.

Blocking Friends on FacebookIf you would like to create lists of people to block, see the next step.

Creating Facebook Friends Lists

If you don’t want to outright block people (because de-friending them almost seems better), just limit a few with what they can see from you, that’s just as easy. To create a Friends List, click on that famous Account link in the upper right corner, and select Edit Friends from the drop-down box.

Creating Facebook Friends Lists

Name your list – such as “Work” – and add your appropriate friends for the list. You can create as many different lists as needed. Next, go back to the Privacy Settings from your Account drop-down menu, as shown in the first image above. Click on the Customize settings link, and you will be taken to a page that lists all of your “exposure” settings for the different things you do on Facebook.

Facebook Friends Privacy Settings

Click on the button that corresponds what information you want to limit, and then select Customize.

Facebook Block Lists

From here you can select which groups and networks can see this information, and you can add which lists of friends you would like to block. Now you can hide status updates from co-workers, embarrassing photos from Mom and friends of Mom, and your political affiliations from your extremist friends.

Easy, right? Just remember…this doesn’t mean that your co-workers, uber-political friends or your Mom won’t happen to stumble upon any of this information, whether it’s from digging into your Facebook page or talking to others who may have seen it. Practice safe Facebooking!

{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

Elle August 14, 2011 at 11:34 am

How do you block someone from seeing any questions/polls you create on Facebook along with any Notes you create or are tagged in?

Keri Honea August 16, 2011 at 10:53 am

Unfortunately, the only way you can block certain people from seeing questions you post, notes you post, or notes you are tagged in are to block people completely. If you do this, however, the people you block will be removed from all ties with you. They will no longer be your friend, be able to see your profile, etc. and vice versa.

Mark Wagner via Facebook August 18, 2011 at 3:38 pm

Can you assign your friends to a group and block the group? Dunno how that works; just a thought.

Content Solutions via Facebook August 18, 2011 at 4:44 pm

The post above answers just that.

Content Solutions via Facebook August 18, 2011 at 4:44 pm

Or I should say, the BLOG post linked to above answers just that.

Mark Wagner via Facebook August 18, 2011 at 4:49 pm

Thanks! I now retract my question.

Elle September 26, 2011 at 4:56 pm

I want to block people on my Restricted list from seeing the events I RSVP to..Is there a way to do that?

Keri Honea September 27, 2011 at 4:49 pm

Unfortunately, if the Event is listed as Public, then there is no way to prevent anyone from seeing your RSVP. The only way one can restrict who sees the RSVPs is by setting the Event as Private, and even then, only the event creator can do so.

Elle September 27, 2011 at 6:47 pm

What about other “Recent Activity” stories like when I comment on someone else’s status or when I add a new friend? Again I just want to block people on my restricted list from seeing my Recent Activities posted on my Wall..

Keri Honea September 28, 2011 at 4:44 pm

The restricted list only controls who sees your posts on your wall. If you comment on someone else’s status, and that person is friends with someone in your restricted list, your restricted friend will still be able to see your comment. Likewise, since new friend connections are not posts you make, these cannot be hidden from people on your restricted list.

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