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How to Hide Your Facebook Status Updates from Certain Friends

Updated on June 25, 2010

There are lots of reasons you may wish to hide a status update on Facebook from certain friends. You may have friended your grandma and want to make a post that is too graphic for her sensitive eyes. Or maybe you friended your boss and would love to just say how much you hate working late, but are trying to get a promotion. Possibly your professor is a friend of yours and you would love to just curse the latest assignment. But whatever reason that you would want to selectively hide your status updates from certain friends, this is the how-to guide for doing so.

The Little Lock

Maybe you noticed it, or maybe you didn't, but Facebook recently added a little lock symbol under the status update text box as shown in this image here:

Next time you want to make a "selective status update," meaning that you will post something that certain friends can't see, try clicking that little lock. When you do, the following window will appear:

Now this is the part where you will decide exactly who does, and who DOESN'T see your post. Click on "edit" next to "Custom." Another window will appear like this:

Now, you will notice a convenient text box for "Hide this from." In that box, type the name of the person you want to hide the status update from, then click "Save Setting." That's it, now type your status, and post it. They'll never see that post!

Be forewarned that this isn't the best idea for making comments about people behind their back. All of your other friends will be able to see it and anyone could show them very easily. But for casual use, this is a great way to control who sees your posts.

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      anthony 5 years ago

      can people see that lil lock and hover over it?

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      milan_k 5 years ago

      So, other than the situations you mentioned, why be "Facebook friends" with someone you don't want to interact with?

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      Ryo 2 years ago

      Well given so many young people who have eiehtr attempted or were successful suicide isn't a new problem. I just want teens of today to realize teens of yesterday, or yester- decade+ endured the same thing. Fortunately my friend lived to regret her attempt find true love and have a beautiful daughter, but so many others as you know don't. Just doing my little part to get the word out. Thanks Katie, enjoy your Sunday.

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