How to Hide Specific Facebook Posts From People

Using Facebook's custom privacy options

What to Know

  • Select What's on your mind to open a new Facebook post window. Choose the Privacy drop-down menu under your name.
  • Select Friends Except. Choose the name of a friend (or friends) to exclude them from seeing the post.
  • Choose Save Changes. Write your post as usual and select Post.

This article explains how to hide specific Facebook posts from specific people using the Privacy drop-down menu. It also includes information on how to share a post with only a handful of specific friends.

How to Hide Facebook Posts With the 'Friends Except' Setting

Every time you share a post on Facebook, you have the option to share it with the public, with only your friends, or with a more narrow group of people. If you don't change the setting every time, it defaults to the one you used most recently.

Here's how to exclude a specific person (or people) from seeing your Facebook post.

  1. Select the What's on your mind field to open the Create Post window.

    Create Post window
  2. Click the Privacy drop-down list next to your name and profile image. It will display the most recent option you've used, such as Public or Friends.

    Privacy setting on Facebook post
  3. In the Select Privacy list, choose Friends Except.

    Friends Except... in Select Privacy window
  4. Select the name of the friend or friends you want to exclude from seeing your post. The name or names will appear in the Friends Who Won't See Your Post box at the bottom of the window.

    To search for someone, begin typing their first or last name into the Search for a friend or list field and select the name when it appears.

    Friends Who Won't See Your Post in Friends Except window
  5. Select Save Changes. You will see that the Privacy setting now says Friends Except.

    Updated post privacy setting
  6. Write your post like you normally would, add a photo, video or any other content and select Post when you're done to make it official.

Facebook does not provide a way for people to know that you have prevented them from seeing a post.

Alternatively, if you only want to share a post with a handful of friends, select Specific Friends in the Select Privacy list and choose the people you want to view the post. Everyone else will automatically be excluded from seeing it.

Specific Friends in Select Privacy

You may have prevented your mom from seeing what you posted, but don't forget about Aunt Myrtle. She could rat you out 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.

Wait, Want to Share the Posts?

Want to do the opposite and share the posts? Learn how to make Facebook posts shareable.

Was this page helpful?