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How to Limit Who Can See Your Facebook Posts With a Restricted List

Ben Stegner 20-03-2017

Managing a huge Facebook friends list In Defense of a Large Facebook Friends list Why do I have so many Facebook friends? Why won't I delete them? And how do I manage the noise from so many people? Read on to find out. Read More is tricky. From sorting through hundreds of posts in your News Feed to choosing who you share your stuff with, you might get overwhelmed sometimes.


Facebook offers many privacy controls and even lets you change the audience of a post as you share it. However, there are probably people you’ve friended on Facebook that you’d rather not send updates to. Maybe you’re only staying friends with someone to avoid hurting their feelings, or are friends with your boss and don’t want him to see your weekend activities.

If these types of scenarios bother you, there’s a Facebook tool that will help. It’s called Restricted List, and you can find it by visiting your Settings page. Click Blocking on the left sidebar, and look for Restricted List at the top of the page. The Edit List link will let you add some lucky friends to it.

When a friend is on your Restricted List, they won’t see anything that you share to your friends. If you share something to the public, or to a mutual friend’s Timeline, they could still see it, though. Your friend won’t know when you add them to your list.

You can use this feature to remain friends with someone but prevent them from seeing your status updates. Hopefully you aren’t friends with people you don’t want to interact with, but this makes it a little easier if so. If you have so many Facebook friends that you can’t keep track of them, it’s probably time to start deleting some friends 5 Reasons Why You Should Start Deleting Facebook Friends Once upon a time, Facebook was all about adding; more social used to equal more fun. Not anymore. Now it's all about deleting. Read More .

Did you ever with for a Facebook feature like this? Let us know how you use the Restricted List in the comments!


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  1. Yellellen
    June 6, 2017 at 3:23 pm

    I use it when people fight with pthers on my profile page. Who needs it? Restrict them, problem solved.

  2. JF Messier
    March 20, 2017 at 11:59 am

    Never ever assume you can restrict who can read your comments or not. Once you publish a comment, picture, video, or anything else, the content is out of your control, stored on someone else's server that you cannot control . You have to assume it is potentially publicly available. Even if only your "friends" can read your content, who knows what will happen ? Even a screen capture can be re-posted, a text can easily be copied/pasted. Refrain yourself from publishing on Facebook, and think twice before pressing Enter.

    • AJ
      March 20, 2017 at 12:13 pm

      Amen to that - I just treat all FB posts as if they were public.