How to Hide Specific Facebook Posts From Nosy People

Using Facebook's custom privacy options

Let's face it, when your mom joins Facebook and becomes your "friend," the party is over. No more swearing in your posts, no more posting pictures of your drunken escapades, no more sharing videos involving feces slinging monkeys. No more fun.

But wait, It doesn't have to be this way! There are now privacy options that will let you hide your link, status update, photo, and/or video from individual people (e.g. your mom). The really cool part is that all your friends can still see your post, just not your mom!

Let's take a look at how to block your mom from seeing specific Facebook posts so you can start dropping those F-bomb laden gangsta rap lyrics into your status updates once again.

Choose either status, photo, video, or link from the "Share:" menu at the top of your News Feed or above your Wall on your profile page."

To restrict a status update from being seen by your mom (or any other person you choose), follow the tips below.

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If You're Using Facebook From Your Computer:

  1. Select inside the What's on your mind? field but don't start typing anything yet. You'll notice the two options to choose between your News Feed and Your Story for your post. Choose the one you want.

  2. Next to the one you chose, look for Friends. Select that to reveal the options for who can view your post.

  3. All the bottom of the menu that opens up, choose the More option to display the rest.

  4. From there, you can choose a couple of options. If you want to limit your post to Specific friends, choose it from the list. You'll be able to manually select which friends can see your post.

    If you want something more custom, choose See all at the bottom of the list.

  5. Now, pick Custom from the list.

  6. A new window will open up allowing you to manually enter the names of friends or facebook friend lists that you've created. You can choose both who can and who can't see the post. When you're done, press Save Changes in the bottom right.

  7. Finally, write up your post like you normally would, and press Post when you're done to make it official.

If You're Using Facebook From Your Phone:

  1. Tap the Status Update area or press Status from the top of the Facebook news feed.

  2. Tap Friends above the status text window, directly under your name).

  3. Choose Friends Except from the list that appears.

  4. Select the friends that you don't want to see the post. As you choose them, you should see their names added (in red) to the Except line near the top of the screen. Tap Done, when you are finished selecting the people you don't want to see the post.

  5. Confirm this by pressing Done again on the Share With screen. You should see the button change Friends button change to Friends Except when you get back to the status update post screen. Complete your post.

To restrict a link, photo, or video from being seen by your mom, it's basically the same process, with these small exceptions:


You won't see the padlock icon until you select Attach. Once you press Attach, a blank will appear where you can comment on the link. You must click the padlock before you finish entering your comment and before pressing Share.

Videos and Photos

After you choose between upload, record/take pictures, or whatever option is available, you should see the padlock icon by the share button. Before you press Share or upload the video/photo, select the padlock icon beside Share.

Lastly, a warning. You may have prevented your mom from seeing what you posted, but don't forget about Aunt Myrtle. She and your mom call each other every night and she will rat you out in a second for saying something stupid on Facebook. Keeping up with who can see what can be tricky, and one slip up might cost you a friendship or get you knocked off the Christmas card list, or even worse, the Christmas gift list. Be careful out there.