Basic Privacy Settings & Tools

Selecting an Audience for Stuff You Share

You'll find an audience selector tool most places you share status updates, photos and other stuff. Just click the tool and select who you want to share something with.

The tool remembers the audience you shared with the last time you posted something, and uses the same audience when you share again unless you change it. For example, if you choose Public for a post, your next post will also be Public unless you change the audience when you post. This one tool appears in multiple places, such as your privacy shortcuts and privacy settings. When you make a change to the audience selector tool in one place, the change updates the tool everywhere it appears.

The audience selector also appears alongside things you've already shared, so it's clear who can see each post. If you want to change the audience of a post after you've shared it, just click the audience selector and select a new audience.

Remember, when you post to another person's Timeline, that person controls what audience can view the post. Additionally, anyone who gets tagged in a post may see it, along with their friends.

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Lists give you an optional way to share with a specific audience. When writing a post or sharing a photo or other content, use the audience selector to pick the list you want to share it with.

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You can use the audience selector to change who can see stuff you share on your Timeline after you share it. Keep in mind, when you share something on someone else's Timeline, they control the audience for the post.

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Here's an overview of who can see what's on your Timeline and tools you can use to control what you share on your Timeline.

Overview
  • You can share basic information like your hometown or birthday when you edit your Timeline. Click Update Info (under your cover photo) and then click the Edit button next to the box you want to edit. Use the audience selector next to each piece of information to choose who can see that info.
  • Anyone can see your public information, which includes your name, profile picture, cover photo, gender, username, user ID (account number), and networks (learn why).
  • Only you and your friends can post to your Timeline. When you post something, you can control who sees it by using the audience selector. When other people post on your Timeline, you can control who sees it by choosing the audience of the Who can see what others post on your Timeline setting.
Tools
  • As you edit your info, you can control who sees what by using the audience selector.
  • Before photos, posts and app activities that you’re tagged in appear on your Timeline, you can approve or dismiss them by turning on Timeline review. Keep in mind, you can still be tagged, and the tagged content (ex: photo, post) is shared with the audience the person who posted it selected other places on Facebook (ex: News Feed and search).
  • To see what your Timeline looks like to other people, use the View As tool.
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When you share something on your Timeline, use the audience selector to choose who it's shared with. If you want to change who you shared something with after you post it, return to the audience selector and pick a new audience.

You can also adjust the audience of many posts at once. Within your Account Settings, you'll find a tool that helps you change the audience of posts you've shared with Public or Friends of Friends to Friends Only. To use this tool:

  1. Click at the top right of any Facebook page and choose Settings
  2. Select Privacy from the left menu
  3. Under the Who can see my stuff? section, click Limit the audience for posts I've shared with friends of friends or Public?
  4. Click Limit Old Posts
Some important notes about this tool:
  • If you want to undo this action in the future, you'll need to adjust the audience of each individual post. Limiting the audience of your previous posts cannot be reversed in one click.
  • If you have shared a previous post with a Custom audience such as Friends except Acquaintances or Close Friends, this tool will not change the audience for those past posts.
  • If you tagged someone in the post, the audience of the post will still include the person you tagged and people they include in posts they're tagged in.
  • This tool only controls the audience for posts you've shared. If you've been tagged in someone else's post, they control the audience for their posts.
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Manage Settings for How You Connect

Your privacy settings page has a group of general controls for your Facebook account.

To view and adjust your privacy settings:

  1. Click in the upper-right corner of any Facebook page
  2. Select Settings from the dropdown menu
  3. Select Privacy on the left
  4. Click on a setting (ex: Who can see your future posts?) to edit it

You can also quickly view and adjust some of the most widely used privacy settings and tools from your Privacy Shortcuts at the top right of any Facebook page.

To control the privacy for posts, photos and other stuff you share on your Timeline, you can choose your audience when you post.

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Your privacy shortcuts give you quick access to some of the most widely used privacy settings and tools. Click at the top of the page to see shortcuts that help you manage:

  • Who can see my stuff?
  • Who can contact me?
  • How do I stop someone from bothering me?
This is also where you'll find the latest privacy updates and other helpful tools. The shortcuts you find here may change over time to reflect the settings and tools that are most relevant.
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By default, anyone on Facebook can send you a friend request. If you’d like to change who can send you friend requests:

  1. Click in the top right of any Facebook page and select Settings
  2. Click Privacy in the left column
  3. Click Edit next to Who can send you friend requests?
  4. Select an audience from the dropdown menu
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You can change your filter preferences right from your inbox:
  1. Go to your messages inbox
  2. In the upper-left corner of your messages, click Other
  3. Click Edit Preferences
  4. Select Basic or Strict filtering
  5. Click Save

Keep in mind, anyone on Facebook can send you a message. Messages that are filtered out of your inbox will appear in your Other folder.

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When you add a new profile picture, here’s what happens:

  • The photo you've made your profile picture will be public. You can change who can see likes or comments on the photo.
  • A story will be posted on your Timeline (unless you have Timeline review turned on) and may show up in your friends' News Feeds.
  • The photo will appear in your Profile Pictures album.
  • A thumbnail version of the photo will appear next to your name in different places throughout Facebook. This helps friends identify your posts and comments on Facebook.
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Reviewing Stuff Others Tag You In

Hover over the story, click and select Report/Remove Tag from the dropdown menu. You can then choose to remove the tag or ask the person who posted it to take it down.

You can also remove tags from multiple photos at once:
  1. Go to your activity log
  2. Click Photos in the left column
  3. Select the photos you'd like to remove a tag from
  4. Click Report/Remove Tags at the top of the page
  5. Click Untag Photos to confirm

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Removed tags will no longer appear on the post or photo, but the post or photo is still visible to the audience it's shared with. People may be able to view the post or photo in places like News Feed or search results. To fully remove it from Facebook, ask the person who posted it to take it down.

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Timeline review is part of your activity log and lets you choose whether posts you're tagged in appear on your Timeline. Posts you're tagged in can also appear in News Feed, search and other places on Facebook.

When people you’re not friends with tag you in a post, they automatically go to Timeline review. If you'd also like to review tags by friends, you can turn on Timeline review for tags from anyone:

  1. Click at the top right of any Facebook page and select Settings
  2. In the left column, click Timeline and Tagging
  3. Look for the setting Review posts friends tag you in before they appear on your Timeline? and click Edit to the far right
  4. Select Enabled from the dropdown menu
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Tag review is an option that lets you approve or dismiss tags that people add to your posts. When you turn it on, then anytime someone tags a photo or post you made, that tag won't appear until you approve it.

To turn on tag review:
  1. Click at the top right of any Facebook page and select Settings
  2. In the left-hand column, click Timeline and Tagging
  3. Look for the setting Review tags friends add to your own posts on Facebook? and click Edit to the far right
  4. Select Enabled from the dropdown menu

When tag review is on, you’ll get a notification when you have a post to review. You can approve or ignore the tag request by going to the content itself.

Remember: When you approve a tag, the person tagged and their friends may see your post. If you don't want your post to be visible to the friends of the person tagged, you can adjust this setting. Simply click on the audience selector next to the story, select Custom, and uncheck the Friends of those tagged and event guests box.

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To choose who can see posts you’ve been tagged in after they appear on your Timeline:

  1. Click at the top right of any Facebook page and select Settings
  2. In the left-hand column, click Timeline and Tagging
  3. Look for the setting Who can see posts you've been tagged in on your Timeline? and click Edit to the far right
  4. Choose an audience from the dropdown menu
You can review photos and posts you're tagged in before they appear on your Timeline by turning on Timeline review. Keep in mind, photos and posts you hide from your Timeline are visible to the audience they're shared with other places on Facebook, such as in News Feed and search.
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To choose who sees suggestions to tag you in photos:
  1. Click at the top right of any Facebook page and choose Settings
  2. Click Timeline and Tagging on the left
  3. Under How can I manage tags people add and tagging suggestions?, click Who sees tag suggestions when photos that look like you are uploaded?
  4. Choose an option from the dropdown menu

When you turn off tag suggestions, Facebook won’t suggest that people tag you when photos look like you. The template that we created to enable the tag suggestions feature will also be deleted. Note that friends will still be able to tag photos of you.

Before you opt out of using this feature, we encourage you to consider how tag suggestions benefit you and your friends. Our tagging tools (including grouping photos that look similar and suggesting friends who might be in them) are meant to make it easier for you to share your memories and experiences with your friends.

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