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 things you post. 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. After you've shared a post, you have the option to change who it's shared with. If you want to change the audience of a post after you've shared it, 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 a way to share with a specific audience. You can use the audience selector to choose the list you want to share a post 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 that when you share something on someone else's Timeline, they control the audience for the post.
Learn more about how to control what people can see on your profile and Timeline.
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Here's an overview of who can see what's on your profile and tools you can use to control what you share on your profile and Timeline.
Overview
  • To edit things like places you’ve lived or your family and relationships, click About below your cover photo, then hover over the info you’d like to change and click Edit. Use the audience selector next to this info to choose who you're sharing it with.
  • 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).
  • Set an audience for who can see posts you’ve been tagged in on your Timeline.
  • To see what your profile 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
You can view and adjust your privacy settings at any time.
You can also view and adjust some of the most used privacy settings and tools from your Privacy Shortcuts at the top right of any Facebook page.
For other things you share on Facebook, you can select the audience before you share.
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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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The Privacy Checkup helps you review who can see your posts and info from your profile, like your phone number and email address. It also shows you your settings for apps you’ve logged into with Facebook.
You can use the Privacy Checkup to review and adjust your privacy settings to help make sure that you’re sharing with who you want.
To go to the Privacy Checkup:
  1. Click at the top of any page on Facebook (ex: your homepage)
  2. Select Privacy Checkup
Note: Privacy Checkup isn't available to everyone right now. For example, you may not have access to Privacy Checkup on certain devices. You can still adjust all of the settings covered by Privacy Checkup by going to your privacy settings. Learn more about how to select an audience for your posts, how to adjust privacy settings for apps and games and how to edit basic info on your profile and choose who can see it.
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To change who can add you as a friend:
  1. Click from the top right of any Facebook page and choose Settings
  2. Click Privacy in the left column
  3. Click Edit next to Who can send you friend requests?
  4. Choose an audience from the dropdown menu
To make sure that your friends can find you on Facebook:
  • Use the first and last name you use in everyday life
  • If people know you by a different name (ex: nickname, maiden name), add another name to your account
  • Add your basic info
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Your profile picture is public. When you add or change your profile picture, it appears in a few different places on Facebook:
  • A story will be posted on your Timeline 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.
If you add a cover photo to your profile, it will be visible to the public, just like your profile picture. This means that anyone can see your current cover photo.
You can adjust the privacy settings for a photo you've used as a profile picture or cover photo in the past.
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Reviewing Stuff Others Tag You In
To remove a tag from a post you've been tagged in, click in the top right of the post and select Remove Tag.
You can also remove tags from multiple posts at once:
  1. Go to your activity log
  2. Click Photos in the left column
  3. Click to check the box to the left of the posts 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
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 lets you choose whether posts you're tagged in appear on your Timeline. Keep in mind that 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. To turn on Timeline review:
  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, any time someone tags something you posted, 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 column, click Timeline and Tagging
  3. Look for the setting Review tags people add to your own posts before the tags appear on Facebook? and click Edit to the far right
  4. Select Enabled from the dropdown menu
When tag review is enabled, you’ll get a notification when you have a post to review. You can approve or ignore the tag request by going to the post.
Note: 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.
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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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  1. Click at the top right of any Facebook page and choose Settings
  2. Click Timeline and Tagging in the left column
  3. Next to 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 in photos that look like you. Keep in mind that friends will still be able to tag photos of you.
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