Update: Facebook Custom “Hide this from” privacy

A number of Facebook users have contacted me about the “Hide this from” feature. They wanted to know whether they could hide posts from some friends. Let’s clear this up. Well I can clear it up today, because tomorrow Facebook may have changed this!

The custom settings (Privacy Settings > Control Your Default Privacy > Custom)  including the ‘me only’ setting, doesn’t stop your friends from seeing your posts. It now appears that if you use the custom setting, you can add 20 people at any one time but if you add more than 20 people, your status updates will not show up in those specific peoples news feeds. It will post on your wall but not on the specific people you have selected (above) to see the post – they also will be unable to see your wall as only you can see your wall. Custom settings (Facebook being rather convoluted) will only work if you choose 20 people to see what you’re about to post.

If you add more than 20 people to custom settings then your status updates will not post. So in this instance you will need to choose, “Public”, “Friends” or “Friends of Friends” for more than 20 people to see your status updates. Facebook doesn’t want you to hide your status updates – it’s that simple!

Even if I employ the custom settings described above, I have also noticed that when I add people to the “Hide this from” feature, Facebook still makes my posts visible to those people I want to hide my posts from! This really makes the custom feature rather redundant. Best option is not to post anything at all if you don’t want anyone or some people not to see it on Facebook.

Safe surfing folks!

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7 Responses to Update: Facebook Custom “Hide this from” privacy

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  2. Jim Devlin says:

    im sorry to be dumb, but i cannot understand this at all. it seems to say one thing, then contradict itself immediately. is there any simple way to know how to prevent certain people from seeing certain posts, without blocking them completely?

  3. poddinpop says:

    I didnt get the 1st part either. But with the hide-this-from custom setting, I KNOW! This just happened to me. I opted to hide a post from a specific friend and our mutual friends and 10 minutes later she liked it!!! wtf. not going into detail but believe me it has made things very awkward for me and I am furious at FB for repeatedly fucking shit up.

  4. So costom privacy setting than is useless cannot hide post from specific friend you want to hide to.there is reason to creat this privacy setting

  5. Meebo says:

    This is still happening unfortunately, and a a result it’s caused a huge family rift. So thanks Facebook.

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