How do I manage my Facebook privacy settings?

Written by Jonathon on February 10, 2020

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For many of us, Facebook has been a big part our online life for over a decade. That means hundreds (maybe thousands) of status updates, pictures, check-ins, comments, likes, page follows and humble brags in a variety of contexts.

Some of these posts are timeless.

Others age badly.

Managing your Facebook privacy across a stack of different settings and controls isn’t easy. Secretly, Facebook probably doesn't want it to be easy...but, we’re here with a round-up of the main things you should be aware of, and how you can take control.

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Some of the key settings you can manage are:

  • Public/private content - only allow friends to see photos, statuses and comments you’ve made
  • Discoverability - who can look you up and how they can find you eg. search engines, phone numbers etc.
  • Facial recognition - choose whether to allow Facebook to scan your face and recognise you in other posts
  • Location history - where you’ve been and when you were there
  • Third party data access - which third party apps and services can access your profile information
  • Block accounts and users from interacting with you - from creepy ex’s to annoying groups

All the above can be found under Settings>Privacy Settings and Tools, or you can follow the link here.

It’s a good habit to check your settings regularly to ensure you’re always in control.

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