How to Limit What Friends Can See on Facebook
By Ryan Menezes
Facebook shows everything you post to all your friends by default. Your Facebook friends are likely to be from different social circles, and you may want some of these friends to see more than others. For example, you may add professional contacts so that you can easily contact them, but you may prefer that these friends not see posts meant for your family members. You can limit what friends see on Facebook by adding them to your Restricted friends group or to a custom limited-access group.
Use the Restricted Group
Log in to Facebook and click "Friends" in the sidebar of the homepage. Click "More" if you don't see the Friends list and click "Friends" when it appears.
Click "Restricted" to open the Restricted list. Click "Manage List" and "Edit List" to open the Edit Restricted dialog box.
Click the dialog box's drop-down list and click "Friends." Type friends' names into the box's search bar and click on names as they appear in the window to add friends to the list.
Click "Finish" to close the box. People on the restricted list are able to see only posts and profile information that is public.
Use a Custom Group
Log in to Facebook and click "Friends" in the sidebar of the homepage. Click "Create List" to make a new list.
Type the list's name into the field labeled "List Name." Type friends' names into the box's "Members" field and click on names as they appear in the window to add friends to the list.
Click "Create" to save the list.
Click the gear icon in the Facebook navigation bar, and then click "Privacy Settings" to open the Privacy Settings and Tools page.
Click "Edit" next to "Who can see my future posts?" and then click the audience selector button, which is labeled "Friends" by default.
Click "Custom." Type your list's name in the box labeled "These People or Lists" in the section labeled "Don't Share This With."
Click "Finish" to close the box, and then click "Save" to limit what the selected friends can see on Facebook.
Ryan Menezes is a professional writer and blogger. He has a Bachelor of Science in journalism from Boston University and has written for the American Civil Liberties Union, the marketing firm InSegment and the project management service Assembla. He is also a member of Mensa and the American Parliamentary Debate Association.