How to Block Friends on Facebook Without Deleting Them
By Brandy Alexander
As you add business associates and customers as friends on Facebook, you can block certain people from having full access to your posts without deleting them as friends. Even more, you can also guard against seeing others' activity on your news feed. Being able to limit what you see and what your friends see helps when you write private entries and when you want to clean up the congestion on your page. Facebook gives you several methods for blocking people, which include hiding posts from particular friends, blocking your own individual posts from certain individuals and modifying your privacy settings.
Hiding Friends' Posts
Open your Facebook news feed and locate a post from a friend who you want to mute.
Hover your mouse over the top-right corner of the entry and click the arrow that appears. Click the "Hide" option in the list to remove it from your feed.
Click the "Hide All Stories from [Name]" link to permanently prevent the person's future posts and activity from displaying on your news feed.
Blocking Your Own Posts
Open your Facebook profile or news feed page and type a new post.
Click the audience selector tool at the bottom of the post text box and select an option to specify who may see your entry. For instance, click one of your list names so only people on the list can see the post, or click "Only Me" to block everyone from seeing it.
Click the "Post" button to publish your entry.
Modifying Privacy Settings
Log in to your Facebook account, click the gear icon and then click "Privacy Settings" in the drop-down menu. This action brings you to the "Privacy Settings and Tools" page where you can specify who can see your posts.
Click the "Edit" link next to the "Who Can See Your Future Posts?" title and then click the drop-down menu to create your settings. For example, click "Custom," click "Specific People or Lists" and type individual friends' names that you don't want to share your posts with in the designated text field.
Click the "Save Changes" button to preserve your settings.
Brandy Alexander has been writing professionally since 2001. She is a glass artist with a Web design and technical writing background. Alexander runs her own art-glass business and has been a contributor to "Glass Line Magazine" as well as various online publications.