How to Stop Facebook From Announcing That You Are Friends

By Dan Howard

Sometimes Facebook's notification features can be problematic, particularly if you don't want a nosy boss, ex or acquaintance spying on your virtual activities. When you make a Facebook friend, there are two ways to limit the distribution of that information. You can disable publication of friend information to your Wall with just a few clicks; however, if you want to disable friending announcements over your news feed you must disable publication of status updates entirely or restrict the people that can see your status updates.

Disable Status Updates

Step 1

Open your Web browser and navigate to Facebook.com.

Step 2

Log in to Facebook with your user name and password.

Step 3

Click the "Account" menu in the upper right corner of your main Facebook screen, then click "Privacy Settings" in the drop-down list.

Step 4

Click the "Customize settings" link.

Step 5

Click the drop-down menu adjacent to "Posts by me," then click "Customize."

Step 6

Click the drop-down menu adjacent to "These people" and select "Only Me." Alternately, you can hide publication from only specific Facebook friends by typing their names in the "These people" text box under the "Hide this from" heading.

Step 7

Click the "Save Settings" button. Facebook will no longer publish an update when you make new Facebook friends or change your status update.

Disable Wall Friend Notices

Step 1

Navigate to Facebook.com and log in to your account.

Step 2

Click your picture in the upper left corner of the Facebook screen to view your profile page.

Step 3

Hover your mouse over the friend notification that you wish to block, then click the "X" that appears to the right of the update.

Step 4

Select "Hide all friending activity" from the drop-down list.

Step 5

Click "Hide all" to disable publication of friend notices to your Wall.