How to Hide Your Likes on Facebook

Are your FB Likes raising eyebrows? Here's how to keep them private

Social media 'Like' symbol on keyboard
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Liking a page on Facebook has become quite a personal statement. Restaurants, shops, sports teams, charities, support groups . . . you name it and someone is liking it on Facebook. And those people's friends are probably judging them for it.

Your friends and others can make assumptions about you just by looking at the things you like on Facebook. For instance, say you've just suddenly added likes for 15 different brands of vodka.

Your friends may begin to wonder if you might be turning into a raging alcoholic based on your new likes. In reality, you were just liking the pages so that you might get some coupons or other free stuff.

No matter what your likes are, you can choose to make a statement and make them public or you can go off the Like grid and keep all your likes to yourself, so that you don't come home to a surprise family intervention because your aunt told your mom about the 15 liquor brand likes you just added.

Here are some things to keep some things you like public while hiding other things that you don't want everyone knowing that you like.

Types of Facebook Likes

There are several types of likes on Facebook. If you take a look at your profile, you will see 16 different categories: Movies, Television, Music, Books, Sports Teams, Athletes, Inspirational People, Restaurants, Games, Activities, Interests, Sports, Food, Clothing, Websites, and Other.

You can control who sees what you like at the category level, but you can't hide individual things that you like. For example, you can decide to show or hide Sports Teams, but you can't hide the fact that you like an individual team.

How to Make Your Likes Private

It's pretty easy to keep your thoughts to yourself in parts of Facebook.

Follow these steps:

  1. Log onto Facebook. 
  2. Click Timeline on your personal page.
  3. Click More.
  4. Click Likes.
  5. Click Manage (the pencil icon on the right).
  6. Select Edit the Privacy of Your Likes from the menu.
  7. Click the triangle next to the head and shoulders icon for the category you wish to make private.  
  8. Select the level of privacy you want for the like visibility of the category. Your options include: Public, Friends, Only Me or Custom. If you want to hide your likes from everyone but yourself, choose "Only Me".
  9. Click Close.

You can choose different restrictions for each of the nine categories but unfortunately, as mentioned earlier, you can't hide the fact that you like individual pages. It's all or nothing for each category.

Perhaps Facebook will add more granular privacy controls for likes and you'll be able to hide the fact that you like certain things such as Shi Tzu puppies dressed in 18th-century clothing, but until Facebook adds this feature you are forced to show all your strange likes or not show any of them.

One final note: Facebook is famous for making sweeping changes to how your privacy settings are managed. It is a good idea to periodically check your privacy options about once a month or so to see if Facebook has changed anything.

There's always a chance that you may have been "opted in" to something that you would rather be opted out of.

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