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How do I stop seeing my friend’s posts in a Facebook group or page appearing in my newsfeed?

This is a companion piece to the article I published last week on how you can stop your posts in a public Facebook group appearing in your friends’ newsfeeds (hint: you can’t). That post explained the different kinds of Facebook group and how much you post in each kind is visible to the outside world.

This article looks at the situation from the other side: how do you hide the posts that your friend makes in a Facebook group or on a Facebook page that you’re really not interested in.

What’s the problem?

Say your friend has just joined a quilting group and all he does is post, post, post in this group about quilts he’s made, ones he wants to make, techniques, meetups etc. And while you love your friend dearly, you really do not want to see all this stuff about quilting, because you’re all about judo and archery. Is there a way to hide this stuff, and the posts he puts on a fan page for a famous quilter? Yes, there is.

How do I hide my friends’s posts on a particular Facebook page or in a group?

When you catch one of the posts in a group you don’t want to see (and this isn’t always easy, as Facebook likes to show you random stuff every now and then, rather than all of everything all the time), you will see a little down-arrow in the top right corner of the post.

Click on the down arrow and you’ll be given some options. Note: this example is for a page, and I don’t really want to stop seeing these posts, it’s just for illustrative purposes …

Hide in your feed

You can see here that you can hide just this one post, unfollow your actual friend (but stay friends), or hide posts from that particular page. This message is the same whether you’ve Liked the page yourself or not, but you won’t get the option for a Group you’re a member of.

Click on “Hide all from … [group name / page name] and you won’t see posts from that source again.

Note that there’s no way for your friend to stop their posts in a public Facebook group appearing on your newsfeed (see the link at the top of this article for why), so if you don’t want to see them, this is the way to stop seeing them.

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I hope you’ve found this useful – do feel free to share it on social media or email using the buttons below.

Other useful posts on this blog

How to stop your posts in a public Facebook group appearing in your friends’ newsfeeds

Facebook for business

How to delete posts and block users from your Facebook page

How to add a moderator or admin to your Facebook page

How do I stop videos auto-playing in Facebook and Twitter?

How do I stop seeing new comments on a Facebook post?

How do I hide a Facebook post?

How do I remove a member from a Facebook group?

How do I delete a Facebook group?

 
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Posted by on December 9, 2015 in Facebook

 

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How do I stop my posts in a Facebook group from appearing on my friends’ newsfeeds?

1 menuThis issue came up for me today and I thought it was worth sharing, as I had to go searching around for the answer.

What’s the problem?

You’re a member of a Facebook group discussing, for example, interior decoration. The group is a public or open Facebook group, so even if you have to ask to join and be approved before you can post, the posts are public.

So, you merrily start conversations about sofas and wallpaper, post pictures, create Events and join Events, and respond to other people’s posts.

Nothing appears on your own timeline out in main Facebook.

But your friends who aren’t in the group will see a selection of your posts in that Facebook group, whether or not they’re interested in interior decoration.

Why can my friends see my Facebook group posts?

If the group is a Public or Open group, that means that anyone can see the group, the members of the group and the posts they post.

It’s all down to the group, not to your individual settings. There is no way you can stop this happening (and there are some very cross posts and comments about this all over the Internet).

What are the kinds of Facebook groups?

A Public / Open group – everyone can see who is a member and what they post. You might have to be approved to post in the group or you might not, but everything will still be seen.

This kind of group is intended to be welcoming and visible and isn’t suitable if it’s for discussing private matters.

Closed group – everyone can see the group name and find the group, but no one who isn’t in the group can see the members and posts. You will need to ask to join this group and need to be approved before you can post.

If you have friends in a private group, you will see their posts in your timelines / newsfeed, and vice versa, but no one else will.

This kind of group is good if you want to be found, but don’t want your discussions all over the whole of Facebook.

A Secret group – no one can see the group name or the members or posts. It’s not searchable, even to find the name of the group. Members have to invite people to join the group.

This kind of group is useful for a support group or private discussion about an event where you know who you want to invite to join the group.

How do I tell what kind of group a Facebook group is?

When you look at the group home page, there will be a note underneath which states what kind of group it is. Here are some examples:

A Public group:

4When you hover over Public Group:

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A Closed Group:

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When you hover over Closed Group:

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A Secret Group:

5When you hover over Secret Group:

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How do I stop my friends seeing all my posts in this Facebook group?

Short answer: if it’s an open group, you can’t.

Your friends can hide the posts from that group using the down-arrow in the corner of one of the posts, but you’d have to instruct all of your friends to do this and I’m sure this is not really feasible.

There is no setting in your profile that can stop your friends seeing the posts.

The only way to make sure that no one except friends who are also in the group can see your group posts is to change the group setting to Closed. Obviously, a moderator will need to do this, if you’re not the moderator.

I hope you’ve found this useful – do feel free to share it on social media or email using the buttons below.

Other useful posts on this blog

Facebook for business

How to delete posts and block users from your Facebook page

How to add a moderator or admin to your Facebook page

How do I stop videos auto-playing in Facebook and Twitter?

How do I stop seeing new comments on a Facebook post?

How do I hide a Facebook post?

How do I remove a member from a Facebook group?

How do I delete a Facebook group?

 
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Posted by on December 2, 2015 in Facebook

 

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How do I stop videos auto-playing in Facebook and Twitter?

There have been several examples recently, sadly, where people have seen videos that have been shared to their timelines and automatically played on their screens, maybe something they wouldn’t have chosen to see, which now they can’t “unsee”. I actually had to look up how to turn this off in Twitter, so I thought I’d share a few instructions so we all know how to stop videos auto-playing, and can choose when and whether to view them.

Please note that these instructions are for your PC or laptop, although I offer a few hints for resolving this issue on your phone and tablet at the end, too.

Note: Facebook and Twitter change how to do things all the time. Please let me know if these instructions have become outdated and I need to refresh them!

How do I stop videos auto-playing in Facebook?

To stop videos auto-playing, you will need to go into your settings. In Facebook you can find these under the little arrow at the very top right of the Facebook screen. Click on the arrow and select Settings from the drop down menu:

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In the Settings menu, there is now a specific link for videos:

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Click on Videos to access the relevant screen:

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Choose Off or On. Note that Facebook also gives you a link with advice on how to disable this option on the official Facebook app.

There’s no Save changes button, so you’re done, and videos won’t now auto-play in your Facebook timeline.

How do I stop videos auto-playing in Twitter?

In Twitter, we follow the same principles as in Facebook – so it’s in your Settings. Settings are accessed by clicking your own icon in the Twitter screen, then selecting Settings:

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Once you’re in the Settings menu, you’ll find the video area under Content in the first, Account screen:

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You can untick Video autoplay to get videos to stop auto-playing in your timeline.

It’s also worth noting the area just above this, where you can choose to be informed – or not – if you are about to view sensitive material.

Once you’ve ticked what you need to tick, scroll down and click save changes:

6 twitter settingsTwitter will now ask you to confirm the change by entering your password:

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And now you’ve turned off auto-play on Twitter.

How do I stop videos auto-playing on my phone and tablet?

On the official Facebook app on your phone or tablet, hit those three horizontal lines that are supposed to resemble a hamburger, then scroll allllllll the way down to the bottom to Help & Settings. Click on Account Settings and you’ll see the option for Videos Play Automatically – click it to change it from On to Off.

On the official Twitter app on your phone or tablet, press the three dots in a vertical row at the top right to access Settings, then choose General and click on Video autoplay, and make sure that you select Never play videos automatically.

On third-party apps, you will need to look for three dots in a vertical row, three horizontal lines or a cog wheel, find the Setttings and take it from there.

This post has shown you how to stop videos auto-playing in Facebook and Twitter on your desktop, laptop, mobile and tablet. You can find more on social media in the Resource Guide or by using the Search box in the right-hand column.

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Posted by on September 10, 2015 in Facebook, Twitter

 

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How do I hide a Facebook post?

Today I’m going to share with you how to hide a single Facebook post, and control what you see and when.

Why would I want to hide a Facebook post?

I usually want to hide a Facebook post if the post itself upsets me in some way, or presents a spoiler on something, but I don’t want to unfriend or unfollow the person who posted it. A personal example is when people post pictures of cruelty to animals or people, something I really don’t want to see scrolling through. Or a picture of a spider.

Note: if you just want to stop getting notifications on a post in your email, but not hide it from your timeline, follow these instructions.

How do I hide Facebook posts in my timeline?

If you want to hide a post …

First, find and press the little down-arrow in the top right-hand corner of the post:

Facebook post hide arrow

This will give you a menu of things you can do:

Facebook turn off notifications

You can see here that you can Hide the post. Facebook will confirm when you’ve done this.

How do I hide my own Facebook post?

I’m not sure why you would want to do this, but if you want to hide one of your own posts, you get more options when you click that down-arrow:

Facebook hide your own post

How do I hide Facebook posts in a Group?

If you are a member of a Facebook Group but choose not to have it come up in your timeline (for example, if you’re in a photo-a-day group and would end up with 80 posts a day in your Facebook timeline), you CANNOT HIDE A POST.

How annoying is that! But you can at least turn off the notifications – see this post for instructions.

This post has shown you how to hide posts from your Facebook timeline, on your own posts but not in Groups. You can find more on social media in the Resource Guide or by using the Search box in the right-hand column.

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Posted by on August 26, 2015 in Facebook

 

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How do I stop seeing notifications for a Facebook post?

Today I’m going to share with you how to turn off notifications for a single Facebook post, and control what you see and when.

Use these instructions if Facebook usually notifies you with an email when there’s a new comment on a post by somebody.

Why would I want to turn off notifications on a Facebook post?

Sometimes you want to post a comment on a Facebook post but you don’t want to see all of the replies and comments that come after it. Why might this be? Here are some examples …

  • Your friend has had a good (or bad) event in their life and posted about it, and you want to post a message of congratulations or support but you know about a million other people are going to post a similar comment and you don’t want lots of emails flooding your mailbox.
  • You’ve entered a competition by commenting on a business’s post but you don’t want to see all the other entries.
  • You’ve commented on a news item someone’s shared but it’s quite upsetting and you don’t want to be reminded of it every time someone else comments.

These instructions work for posts in either your main timeline or a Facebook group, but they look slightly different so I’ve broken it down into two sections.

So, how do I prevent Facebook from emailing me every time there’s a comment, if I don’t want to change my whole Facebook alerts settings?

How do I turn off Facebook notifications in a post on my timeline?

If you want to keep a post available in your timeline (i.e. you don’t want to hide it) but you don’t want to get notifications of further comments on the post once you’ve commented, here is how to Stop notifications.

First, find and press the little down-arrow in the top right-hand corner of the post:

Facebook post hide arrow

This will give you a menu of things you can do:

Facebook turn off notifications

You can see here that you can also Hide the post or unfollow the person who posted it. But we want to click on Turn off notifications at the bottom of the list.

Now Facebook will confirm what you’ve done:

Facebook notifications turned off

This is useful, as you can click Turn On Notifications if you did this by mistake.

If you want to turn your notifications back on at any time (so that you receive an email every time someone else comments), go and find the post, click on the down-arrow and choose Turn on notifications:

Facebook turn on notifications

Now you will receive an email every time someone comments on the post.

How do I turn off Facebook notifications on my own post?

Of course this is slightly different – if you want to turn off notifications on one of your own posts, you get more options when you click that down-arrow:

Facebook stop notifications own post

How do I turn off Facebook notifications in a Group?

If you are a member of a Facebook Group but choose not to have it come up in your timeline (for example, if you’re in a photo-a-day group and would end up with 80 posts a day in your Facebook timeline), there’s a slightly different way to turn off notifications.

In this example, a friend has posted about the Great British Bake-Off and another friend has mentioned, and tagged me in their comment, that I haven’t seen it yet and will be watching it tomorrow. I don’t want to see any more comments in case someone lets slip who’s left the competition.

Click on the little down-arrow in the top right corner of the post …

Facebook post notifications

This will bring up a menu. Here you can also report a post as spam if you need to – but we’re going to concentrate on turning off the notifications. You do that by clicking on Turn off notifications:

Facebook turn off notifications

Once you’ve done that, you’ll see a message above the post telling you that you will no longer get notifications about this post. This means that whenever anyone comments on the post, you won’t get an email telling you that this has happened.

Note that you will also see a clickable link allowing you to Turn On Notifications – which is very useful if you’ve done this by accident. You can click Turn On Notifications to make sure you still get comments emailed to you:

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If you want to turn notifications back on for a post, go and find the post (you haven’t hidden it, so it will still be in your timeline or the group it was posted in). Click on the down-arrow again and choose Turn on notifications:

Facebook turn off notifications

Now you will receive an email every time someone comments on the post.

This post has shown you how to turn off notifications in your Facebook timeline, on your own posts and in Groups. You can find more on social media in the Resource Guide or by using the Search box in the right-hand column.

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Posted by on August 20, 2015 in Facebook

 

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How do I delete a Facebook group?

In this post we’re going to learn how to delete a Facebook Group. It’s the only way, and seems a bit weird to me – I spent ages looking for buttons to press and options to choose before finding out! So hopefully you will have found this article easily and I can help you do it more quickly!

For more basic information about using Facebook, see my article on Facebook for business.

Why might I want to delete a Facebook group?

The reason I wanted to do this is that I had a group based around a general election that there was no point keeping up with now. There are lots of reasons why you might want to delete a group, though – it might have got out of hand, you might not have time to run it, it might be time-dependent and out of date, like my one was.

If it’s a matter of not having enough time, consider making someone else the Admin for the group – you can see how to do that later on in this post, as well.

Note, you do have to be the owner or administrator of the group to delete it.

How do I delete a Facebook group?

To delete a Facebook group, you need to remove all of the members, then yourself. This makes the group go away.

In your group, locate its Members area:

Facebook group members area

Click on the Members link and here you are with your list of members:

remove member of facebook group

For each member, click on the cog under the member’s name and click Remove from Group. Note that this is where you can make them an Admin instead.

Facebook will ask you to confirm.

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Do this for each member of the group.

Lastly, remove yourself from the group in the same way. You will get this confirmation message:

Facebook delete group

This is the same error message whether you’re just leaving the group or you’re the last to leave – just choose Leave Group.

The group should now disappear. If it doesn’t, your best bet is to contact Facebook. Click on the arrow marked here:

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… and select Report a Problem from the dropdown.

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You can find more resources on social media in my blog resource guide (link takes you to the social media section) and read about using social media for your business in my book on growing your business.

Related posts on this blog:

Facebook for business

How to delete posts and block users from your Facebook page

How to add an administrator to your Facebook page

 
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Posted by on July 8, 2015 in Business, Facebook, Social media

 

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How do I remove a member from a Facebook group?

In this post we’re going to learn how to remove a member from a Facebook Group. For more basic information about using Facebook, see my article on Facebook for business.

Why might I want to remove someone from my Facebook group?

The most common reason is that they have been spamming your group or behaving in another way that’s not acceptable.

Sometimes, a group member might not be sure how to leave a group and might ask you to remove them.

How do I remove someone from my Facebook group?

Go into your group and look for the Members area:

Facebook group members area

Click on the Members link to get into the Members area:

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Click on the cog under the member’s name and choose Remove from Group.

Facebook will ask you to confirm. At this point, as you can see, you can also block them from joining or posting to the group again:

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And they’ve gone!

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You can find more resources on social media in my blog resource guide (link takes you to the social media section) and read about using social media for your business in my book on growing your business.

Related posts on this blog:

Facebook for business

How to delete posts and block users from your Facebook page

How to add an administrator to your Facebook page

 
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Posted by on July 2, 2015 in Business, Facebook, Social media

 

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