Facebook actually developed the ‘Hide Recent Activity’ function with privacy in mind. You probably already know that ‘Recent Activity’ can only be viewed by your friends but they could still be viewed elsewhere. 🙁 Facebook decided to disable this function which allowed users to clean up their Wall, so only ‘Status Updates’ and posts from your friends appeared. This option was removed by Facebook but in the last week has now been reinstated. The same as before, it allows you to automatically hide all current and future posts from ‘Recent Activity’. Facebook have also retained the option for you to disable this function if you wish.
So how do you hide a Wall post activity? Simple > Click on the ‘x’ beside a post/story under Recent Activity and choose “Hide all comment activity” from the drop down menu.
UPDATE 07/21/11: Some users have found there is no EDIT OPTIONS on their “Profile” and “Wall”. Here’s your solution: At the top of your HOME (News Feed) page on the right (above the “What’s on your mind” box) you will see “Top News” and “Most Recent”. Click “Most Recent” and you should now see a drop down that takes you to EDIT OPTIONS (which is at the bottom of the drop down list).
So what about “Questions”? I was asked recently whether you could hide “questions” that are visible to anyone from your profile. Well, bad news you cannot hide questions as there is no ‘x’. 🙁 This means any data (including personal) along with geo data remains on the Facebook database and in your updates. Anyone (even someone who isn’t a friend) can see your answers. This is valuable data for marketers, app developers and fraudsters alike.
Safe surfing folks!