How to Hide Specific Facebook Posts From Nosy People

Using Facebook's Custom Privacy Options

Facebook Privacy

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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.

If You're Using Facebook From Your Computer:

1. Click inside the "What's on your mind?" field but don't start typing anything yet. You'll notice a white button next to the blue "Post" button just below the text box you are about to type your status into.

2. Click on the button next to the icon next to the "Post" button (it most likely says "Friends" in it).

3. Choose "More Options" from the "Who Should See This" menu that pops up. Then choose "Custom."

Then "Custom Privacy" form will open and you will see two boxed that say "Share With" and "Don't Share With."

4. Enter your mom (or whomever you don't want to see the post in the "Don't Share With" text box. Additionally, you can enter multiple names, or if you have made facebook friend lists, you can choose one of your lists.

If You're Using Facebook From Your Phone:

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

2. Tap the "Friends" button 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 click the "Attach" button. Once you click "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 clicking the "Share" button.

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 click share or upload the video/photo, click on the padlock icon beside the "Share" button.

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.