Make your Facebook “Friends” private

Last week, Terry Towery and I presented, “Using Technology in Investigation, including Social Networking Websites” at the Capital Case Defense Penalty Seminar. I spent a good amount of time talking about finding people on Facebook, even if they have a common name. However, in the discussion on Facebook settings, I cited this misleading statement from Facebook:

Certain categories of information such as your name, profile photo, list of friends and pages you are a fan of, gender, geographic region, and networks you belong to are considered publicly available to everyone, including Facebook-enhanced applications, and therefore do not have privacy settings.

“Publicly available to everyone” and “do not have privacy settings” suggest that you do not have the option to hide your “friends” list. Not true! Since just about everything Facebook is annoying, this setting detail is not out of character. You won’t find it in the complicated privacy settings section.

In the top right corner of your Facebook page you’ll find “Profile” squished between “Home” and “Account”. After selecting “Profile”, scroll to the “Friends” box in the left sidebar. Just above the phrase “See All” is a pencil. Clicking that will open up an edit box, demonstrated in this image.

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Uncheck “Show Friend List to everyone”. Now your friends are visible to each other but not to the general public. If you wanted to inform the world that Dashiell Hammett is your friend, you could make an exception by entering his name in the “Always show these friends” box.

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5 thoughts on “Make your Facebook “Friends” private

  1. This is how you do it on the newer edited facebook

    1. Go to your privacy settings 

    2. Where it says “Connecting on Facebook
    Control basic information your friends will use to find you on Facebook.” Click on VIEW SETTINGS.

    3. Where it says “See your friend list” Change it to ONLY ME or whatever you want

    🙂 

  2. hi im delora and i got a question , you know how you talked all about putting your friends private even to friends? well since facebook has been edited to a newer facebook , it wouldnt let me put them on private as you said and i have tried to do wat you have told me with all the instructions that you gave but it wouldnt let me do it . . . soo please may you help me on this if you can?
    well thanks you !      ~ lola (delora) ~

  3. I THINK THEY CLOSED THIS SITES. FACEBOOK AND MY SPACE DON’T HAVE CONTROL AT ALL. KIDS UNDER AGE DO, WRITE AND SENT ANY TYPE OF PICS, BAD COMMENTS. WE ARE TAKING THE CHILD MENTALITY OUT OUR KIDS. I THINK THIS IS CHILD ABUSE. WE NEED HELP

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