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How to hide (and unhide) friends on Facebook

You love your Facebook account. You check it every day, and look forward to the chatty comments from friends and family.

There is only one drawback: some of your friends are a little too outspoken, and their salty language and political rants look decidedly out-of-place next to those cute pictures of the kids and innocent updates from your 15-year-old niece.

However, you don’t have to cringe – and apologize to mom – every time one of these posts shows up. And you don’t have to take the potentially awkward step of unfriending or blocking the offending person.

Instead, you can just hide your friend’s updates, which makes sure they don’t show up in your News Feed, but which keeps that person on your list of friends. They’ll never know that they’ve been hidden, and you can unhide them later, should you suddenly have a change of heart.

Here’s how you do it:

  • Go to your News Feed and scroll down until you find a post from the person you want to hide. Click on the small gray x that appears to the right of the post. (When you mouse over the x, it will say Remove.)

  • A small box will appear giving you the option to hide that one post, hide all posts by that person, or report the post to Facebook. (Hopefully the posts aren’t offensive enough to warrant this last option!)

  • Click on Hide all. You will receive a temporary message in your News Feed confirming that posts from that person will no longer appear.

  • If you want to unhide someone – or remind yourself who you have hidden – scroll all the way to the end of your News Feed and click on Edit Options. A window will appear listing the people/pages that you have previously hidden.

  • To unhide someone, click on the box next to their name.

Comment by Brian, posted 6/28/2011, 3:33 PM:

I realize clicking "hiding all posts" from a friend, removes all of their posts from your newsfeed section and they are not informed of this or notified in anyway. However, is there a way for them to figure out you have hidden them? are they still able to instant message you from the window in the lower right of facebook? can they see you are online from their status page? there has to be some way they can figure out they've been hidden from their home page, isn't there? Thanks, Brian
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