How does visibility and privacy on Facebook work in the following scenario?

Frank Lot September 24, 2012
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Let’s say we have 3 people on Facebook: person A, person B, and person C. All 3 people have been using Facebook for a few years.

Let’s say person A and person B have been friends on Facebook for two years. Person B then changes his relationship status to “in a relationship with ‘person C’ “. A and C have never been friends, and person C was never visible to person A (when searched for in the search bar) prior to person B’s relationship status change (nor visible to person A on person B’s friends list). After the relationship status change however, person C is now visible to person A (shows up on the search bar when searched). Person A also now sees person C on person B’s friends list even though they have never seen person B add person C as a friend (person A has never seen the usual notification that person B is now friends with person C). How would this be possible?

  1. Eserpess Eserpess
    October 16, 2012 at 3:48 am

    They probably changed their account privacy to public or friends of friends.

  2. VS Vishnu
    October 8, 2012 at 1:49 pm

    friends of friends

  3. Dimal Chandrasiri
    September 26, 2012 at 5:12 am

    well person c has changed their privacy settings to "friends of friends". this will allow any friend of person B to see person C. since, Person B is in a relationship with Person C, it will automatically be displayed on the relationship status of Person B. at that place, Person A can figure out who Person C is.

  4. Aditya Roy
    September 24, 2012 at 2:49 pm

    (B wouldn't allow)*

  5. Aditya Roy
    September 24, 2012 at 2:48 pm

    B would allow his friends to see his other friends by using custom settings but his relationship status setting must be 'friends'.
    Therefore A can now see C.

  6. HLJonnalagadda
    September 24, 2012 at 1:53 pm

    Yeah using the View As would be a good

  7. bonioloff
    September 24, 2012 at 7:39 am

    Why not? Even someone you not know also suggested, why your friend's friend is not shown?

  8. Nala Dimapunong
    September 24, 2012 at 6:55 am

    ..because they changed their profile settings to public or "friends of friends". If you want, you can check what a person can view from someone's profile by clicking "view as".

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