How to Block Messages on Facebook

If you have been receiving threatening, harassing or annoying messages from a specific Facebook user, prevent that person from sending you any more messages by blocking her profile. Alternatively, if you regularly receive messages from strangers in your inbox, consider editing your Facebook message filtering settings.

Block a Profile

Blocking a profile unfriends that person and prevents her from interacting with you by sending you private messages or sharing posts on your Timeline.

Mobile App

Step

Visit the profile of the user you want to block and tap the three-dots icon to open a pop-up menu.

Tap the three-dots icon.
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Tap Block.
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Step

Touch Block to block that user.

Facebook Website

Step

Visit the profile of the person you wish to block and open the three-dots menu.

Open the three-dots menu.
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Click Block.
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Step

Select Block from the menu.

Click Confirm.
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Click the Confirm button to finish blocking the selected user.

Edit Your Message Filtering Settings

Much like the spam filter Web mail platforms provide to their users, Facebook comes with a message filtering feature that automatically directs potentially unwanted messages to a special folder called Other. While that feature's default setting does not filter messages from people you may know -- such as users who are friends with your friends -- the Strict Filtering setting lets you keep your inbox free from messages sent by users you did not friend.

Mobile App

Step

Tap the triple bar icon to open the app's menu and select Privacy Shortcuts.

Select Privacy Shortcuts.
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Touch Strict Filtering.
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Step

Select Strict Filtering.

Facebook Website

Step

Click the padlock icon and select Who Can Contact Me?

Select Who Can Contact Me?
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Select Strict Filtering.
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Step

Select Strict Filtering.