How to Stop Just Added Friend Notifications on Facebook

By Angela M. Wheeland

When you change your Facebook profile information, add a picture, change your status or become friends with another Facebook user, Facebook posts the change to your wall. By default, all information posted on your wall appears on your friends' news feeds. Although these posts are generally harmless, certain notifications, such as a friend that you just added, can invade your privacy. If you want to prevent these posts from appearing on your Wall and your friends' news feed page, change your privacy settings to prevent all of your posts from appearing or delete the just added notifications as they appear.

Change Privacy Settings

Step 1

Log in to your Facebook account and click "Account" from the upper-right corner of your homepage.

Step 2

Click "Privacy Settings" from the drop-down list.

Step 3

Click "Customize Settings" at the bottom of the page.

Step 4

Click the drop-down list next to "Posts by Me" in the "Things I Share" group.

Step 5

Click "Customize" from the list of options. A dialog box appears on your screen.

Step 6

Click the drop-down list in the "Make This Visible To" section and click "Only Me." Posts, such as status updates, photos and just added friend notifications won't appear on your friends' news feed pages.

Delete as They Appear

Step 1

Click the "Profile" link from the upper right corner of your homepage.

Step 2

Click "Wall" from the left column to display your Facebook Wall.

Step 3

Hover your mouse over the just added friend notification.

Step 4

Click the "X" that appears in the right corner of the post.

Step 5

Click "Remove" post to delete the post from your wall. The post also deletes from your friends' news feed page.

Tips & Warnings

  • Facebook doesn't allow you to selectively choose the notifications that appear on your wall. To prevent just added notifications only, you must delete the notifications as they appear on your Wall; otherwise, you must block all of your postings.