How do I block people that aren’t my friends on Facebook?

Ques­tion

When I com­ment on a face­book friend’s post I can see their friends’ com­ments even if they are not one of mine. Nor­mally, this doesn’t bother me. But… there is a par­tic­u­lar per­son I find offen­sive. Is there a way to hide or block their posts so I can’t see them?

Answer

Friends

Most likely you have fig­ured out how to hide your friend’s posts. You can hover your mouse over any post on your wall and an “X” will appear in the upper right cor­ner. When you click on it, you’ll get some choices.

  • Hide this post
  • Hide all posts by the per­son who posted
  • Hide all *insert appli­ca­tion name here*. This will only show up is the post is asso­ci­ated with an app, like Far­mville. It’s my favorite option as all those appli­ca­tion alerts drive me crazy. But, a quick click and you’ll be both­ered by Far­mville (or Zom­bieville, Horo­scopes, or My Dog Just Ate Din­ner etc.) no more.

Non-Friends

If the per­son you want to block is not one of your friends, you won’t get the same option. You won’t see any­thing at all. You may think you are out of luck, but it isn’t so. You’ll just need to go to your pri­vacy set­tings to add them to your block list.

  1. Go to Account –> Pri­vacy Settings
  2. Select the “Block Lists” sec­tion at the bot­tom of the screen
  3. In the “Block Users” sec­tion you can enter their name (as it appears in Face­book) and/or email address.
  4. Select “Block”

Once you block some­one, that per­son can no longer be your friend on Face­book or inter­act with you (except within apps and games you both use and groups you are both a mem­ber of). How­ever, you can eas­ily unblock them from the same page if you ever decide you want to see their posts again.

NOTE: Face­book likes to changes things pretty often. So, if you can’t find it they could have moved it into a lit­tle dif­fer­ent area.

5 Responses to How do I block people that aren’t my friends on Facebook?

  1. D Poindexter says:

    How can I block some­one that I can find on face­book, but can­not find when I go to Pri­vacy Set­tings to block them?

  2. Lia says:

    Thank you very much, I just used this to block some annoy­ing friends-of-friends, and it worked!

  3. Austin says:

    Meya add me back to Facebook

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