Facebook Privacy: Manage Blocking

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We all have friends that get a little over zealous with event or app invites. Or use an app that shares their activity on other social networks with Facebook resulting in a complete SPAMMING of your news feed. (This one really bugs me) Luckily, this happens to Zuckerburg too and as a result, Facebook has some options when it comes to blocking unwanted content.

To change these settings click on the “Lock & List” icon in the upper right of your Facebook page and then select, “See More Settings“.


Once there click on the left side navigation menu where it says, “Blocking“. Below is a rundown of what each of the options do.

Manage Blocking Settings

Restricted List

When you add friends to your Restricted list they can only see the information and posts that you make public. Facebook does not notify your friends when you add them to your Restricted list.

Block users

Once you block someone, that person can no longer be your friend on Facebook or interact with you (except within apps and games you both use and groups you are both a member of).

Block app invites

Once you block app invites from someone, you’ll automatically ignore future app requests from that friend. To block invites from a specific friend, click the “Ignore All Invites From This Friend” link under your latest request.

Block event invites

Once you block event invites from someone, you’ll automatically ignore future event requests from that friend.

Block apps

Once you block an app, it can no longer contact you or get non-public information about you through Facebook.

The Less Drama Method



Blocking someone on Facebook is pretty extreme and if that unfortunate blocked individual ever tries to interact with you it will become pretty apparent you are no longer, “Facebook Official”. (You won’t even show up in their search results)

For some this could lead to drama in the real world and many decide simply to put up with the annoying Facebook friend simply to avoid the drama. But there is a better way! Simply go to one of the annoyingly annoying posts and select “Unfollow So and So” from the hidden drop-down in the upper right of the post.

This will prevent their posts from appearing in your feed but will still allow them to see YOU on Facebook and believe that you are still best buds. Winning!

Have these settings changed your life and made your Facebook experience more enjoyable? Or do they come short in preventing your friends most annoying Facebook behaviors? Let us know in the comments.

8 thoughts on “Facebook Privacy: Manage Blocking

  1. The thing I was most trying to find info on…which seems rare, even on FB itself…was if the friend gets notified with any of these operations…and how easy are they to undo. Namely, if you block event invites from someone, will they be notified, and can it be undone, without them being notified.

  2. What happens when they try to send you a future event invitation after you’ve blocked them? Will they be ‘notified’ of your blocking them by way of not being able to send the invitation? Or does it just appear to them that they’ve added you to their invite list but you’re actually the one who is not-notified of the invitation?

  3. If you have blocked someone you will not show up in their list of friends and they will not be able to invite you. Blocking is pretty extreme. If you just want to hide their posts but still let them invite you to things try unfollowing their posts. This will clean up your feed but you will still remain friends.

  4. Thanks for your reply. In my question above, I was actually referring to blocking event invitations from the person — not the person themselves. Sorry that was unclear.

    So, if I’ve blocked event invitations from a friend, and they would like to invite me to a future event, would they not be able to add my name — and thus be ‘notified’ that I’ve blocked them from inviting me to events? Or would they be able to add my name to their invite list and then I would simply not receive the invitation?

  5. Ah, yes, thank you. So they will, in effect, be notified that I’ve blocked them from inviting me to events. That is good to know (though I don’t think it will stop me).

    Thanks again for the clarification. 🙂

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