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Social Networking Safety

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The information on this page has been reproduced with the kind permission of Womens Aid

A guide to Facebook privacy for women affected by domestic violence and cyber-stalking

This information was kindly prepared by Amanda Brown, Social Media Agony Aunt at the Irish Times and on the Ruth Scott Show on RTE 2FM. You can follow Amanda at @cybersorter

What is 'blocking' someone?

How do I block someone?

There are 3 ways to block someone on Facebook

1. Click on their profile. Scroll down. Below their profile picture and other information on the bottom left hand side in blue are:

a) Click on report/block this person.
b) A window will open giving you the option to tick block this person and a full explanation of what will be blocked. Underneath is the Report button. You can choose to report or not. If you do choose to report you have to give a reason. Reasons include: 'cyberbullying', 'threatens me' or 'others' and 'unwanted contact'.

2. Click on Account (Top right hand of your Facebook homepage).
a) Click on Privacy Settings. You will see a page titled, Choose Your Privacy Settings.
b) Scroll down to Block Lists (There's a red stop sign to the left of it). Click underneath on "Edit your lists".
c) Type in the name and email address of the person you wish to block.

3. Find their profile picture or get a friend to find it.
a) Put your mouse over the picture and watch the bar at the bottom left hand side of your screen. An ID number will come up. Note the number down.
b) Click on Account > Help Centre > Privacy > Scroll to the bottom and click on "Have a suggestion? Tell us about it.
c) Put the name of the person and their ID number in the mail and explain your difficulty.

How can I block someone from seeing specific parts of my Facebook information?

You can keep your Facebook intensely private and under your control if you spend an hour setting your privacy settings.

  1. Click on Account (top right hand of your Facebook homepage).
  2. Scroll down and click on Privacy Settings.
  3. The top of the page reads "Choose your privacy settings". Under "Sharing on Facebook", on the left hand column it may have "Recommended" ticked.
  4. This leaves large portions of your privacy open or partly open. Click on "Friends Only".
  5. Click "Customise Settings" (in blue with a little pencil next to it, underneath where it says "Let friends of people tagged in my photos and posts see them.")
  6. On this page, next to each heading is a box with a padlock symbol and the words "Friends Only. Click on this box and you will be given the option to "customise"
  7. Click on "Customise". A box will pop up giving you two main options. One is reducing further who can see this portion of your information. The other has a red X next to the words "Hide this from" and a box in which you can put a name or a list.

My boyfriend/partner would get suspicious if he knew I blocked him from my Facebook profile. Is there anything else I can do?

If you cannot take the step of fully blocking someone you can set individual parts of your Facebook to be hidden from someone and they will not be notified you have done so.

For example: you may wish to hide your status updates specifically from one person on your friends list without de-friending or blocking them.

  1. Go through steps 1-6 from the previous question.
  2. The top heading is "Posts by me".
  3. Click on the grey box on the right hand side of the page and click customise.
  4. Then in the box with the Red X that says "Hide this from" enter the name of the person you do not want viewing your updates and photos.

Please note, the information above is for guidance only and may not completely protect your privacy.

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