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How To Hide Your Posts From A Facebook Friend Without Them Knowing

If you have a Facebook Friend that you would rather was not seeing your regular “to friends” posts, but you can’t block them or de-friend them without causing an issue…There is a neat trick you can do with Facebook lists, to prevent them seeing any posts, other than updates you post publicly (meaning globally with no privacy settings)

Facebook has a “Lists” function. You can set up “Lists” to categorise your friends. You can sort your friends into lists e.g “Old School Friends” “Family Friends” “Work Colleagues” so that you can send out posts to those lists if you want to tailer your posts to those lists. For example, perhaps you can post an update about an upcoming school reunion just to your old school friends list for example.

Facebook’s Lists function also has a “Restricted List” built in. If you add a Friend to the “Restricted List” the friend on that list, won’t know they have been added, but they actually won’t see any of your posts in their news feed or on your profile, except for publicly posted ones.

Reasons you may have for adding this friend to this list, is that you friended them in a moment of weakness and now you regret it, but don’t want to hurt their feelings by de-friending them. They may be a work colleague and you’d rather they just didn’t see any posts from you at all. But you couldn’t turn their friendship request down.

Here’s how to find the restricted list and how to add a Facebook “Friend” to it.

There are a few ways to do this.

1. Manually add the friend to the list by going to the list and doing so (see below).

2. Hover your cursor over their name, either in comments, or on their Facebook profile and follow the second set of steps below.

The only way a person can find out you’ve been hiding from them using this technique is if they go to your Facebook profile, and don’t see any updates all of a sudden. So beware it’s not totally fool proof…

Let me know in comments if there are any issues.

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How To Add A Friend To Facebook's Restricted List

How To Add A Friend To Facebook’s Restricted List



About Leonie Smith

Leonie Smith is a Social Media Consultant and Cyber Safety Expert who gives expert advice to business on social media and online marketing. Digital Breezes is a fully integrated Social Media consultancy. From set up, design, content creation and training we cover it all. Her clients benefit by receiving the latest training on Social Media marketing, whilst learning how to keep their and their employees online personal data separate. Leonie consults with business on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, YouTube, Google+ and more. Leonie is also known as "The Cyber Safety Lady" http://www.thecybersafetylady.com www.twitter.com/_LeonieGSmith Facebook: www.facebook.com/LeonieGabrielleSmith

  • 2horseygirls

    Please note: your activity will still appear on the ticker. I have an acquaintance that comments after me on almost everything, even though this person is on my Restricted list. So if I am on and she is on, she can see what I am liking and commenting on, which is exactly what I was hoping the Restricted list would block. Sigh . . .

    • http://www.digitalbreezes.com Leonie Smith

      Thanks for that comment. You can of course see what ever you comment or like if it is originally posted as public. If you comment on a Page post, they always go out publicly so yes your restricted friend will see those. The new Facebook profile timeline home page, doesn’t appear to have a ticker anymore, so even if a post that was only set to friends went out your friend won’t see it on the ticker there won’t be one. I tested the restricted list on Facebook and it seems to work for me.

  • Jussy

    Thanks for this! FB never makes things clear to me – they do it on purpose I guess – more data mining for them eh..
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