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5 effortless steps to block Facebook spam from reaching your news feed
November 8, 2012

We recently posted an article about Facebook ‘Like’ scams and the truth behind them. This post talked about how some parties created fake pages to invoke sympathy and got hundreds of thousands of likes and comments as a result. This in turn enhanced the Edge Rank of a page and spread as spam to even more Facebook users. This post now explains steps on how to prevent such messages from appearing in your news feed.

These steps will be useful, if you often find your news feed overflowing with such posts, or posts that claim your friends have recommended something by liking it. You can resolve this in different ways. But in most cases, these friends are not even aware that their actions are causing spam or recommendations to reach your news feed. If you find that a lot of spam has reached you through a specific individual, you should probably inform him/her about this.

STEP 1: Click on the tiny scroll-down arrow that appears in the top-right corner of a news feed item to see a list of actions. If you click on ‘Report Story or Spam‘ the post will be dealt with by Facebook.

Hide post

STEP 2: If you click on ‘Hide…‘ you will see the following message. This implies that the item has disappeared from your news feed and you can choose to ‘Unhide‘ it as well.

Hidden post

STEP 3: If you hover your mouse over ‘Change what updates you get‘, you can select the kind of news feed updates you will receive from this person. You can select ‘only important’ updates, any combination of various updates or unsubscribe from the news feed completely.

Change settings

STEP 4: However, if you click on ‘Organize who you see in news feed‘, you will see the various lists that have been created. This can also be viewed via the left-side column of your news feed page.

Friend lists

STEP 5: You can now add and remove friends from these lists and also decide what kind of updates will be received from them. Additionally, other lists based on any parameter can be created as well.

Manage lists

These simple instructions on how to deal with such spam messages and avoid Facebook ‘Like’ scams can be implemented by anyone. Anti-spam software is unable to deal with such threats so it is crucial to be aware of these risks and how they can be avoided. In a worst case scenario, you can simply unsubscribe completely from a friend’s activity or block/unfriend them on Facebook for good.

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  1. DEBASHIS PANDANovember 9, 2012 at 8:40 PM

    Can somebody hack or trouble my system just from facebook or by using facebook chat. If ‘Yes’, then how to get rid of those things!

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  2. Ansumay DattaNovember 9, 2012 at 8:46 PM

    Informative.

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  3. MVN Vijaya KumarNovember 9, 2012 at 9:09 PM

    Beautiful information indeed

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  4. Lionel PereiraNovember 9, 2012 at 9:25 PM

    Thanks QH….very informative & useful info.

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  5. This is helpful to know how to escape from unwanted news and scamenews.

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  6. SAMIRAN BHOWALNovember 10, 2012 at 9:09 AM

    Thanx for da information.Hope we shall get more and more such news in future.

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  7. good post sir. thank for information

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  8. Dhirajkumar DarawadeNovember 10, 2012 at 10:36 AM

    Really nice information Rahul Thadani,if any other information like this please share with all.

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  9. Thanks for giving such useful information.

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  10. Ashutosh Kumar BhardwajNovember 10, 2012 at 12:17 PM

    Nice and Informative!
    I just knew how to organize type of news or what we just only wanted to know from a friend or page (photos or daily life, status etc.) But The step 5 ifs somethinf worth knowing!
    Thank You 😀

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  11. ashish thummarNovember 11, 2012 at 6:27 PM

    thanks for important advice…………..
    😀

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  12. Jagdish TamyaNovember 11, 2012 at 7:36 PM

    श्री मान,Rahul Thadani जी समय समय पर उपयोगी जानकारी देने के लिए बहुत बहुत आभार आपका…..

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  13. thnx buddy

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  14. Pankaj MakkarNovember 13, 2012 at 12:43 AM

    really nice information…!

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  15. santanu duttNovember 13, 2012 at 7:22 PM

    thank you quicheal for that hints.

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  16. santanu duttNovember 13, 2012 at 7:24 PM

    this is a nice hints to me. i shall follow it.

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  17. .K N BADARINATHNovember 15, 2012 at 12:54 PM

    Sir,

    A Wondefull Idea, it will be implemented

    K N Badarinath

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  18. i want to remove some friend from my friend list but i cannot do that how i can do that?

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  19. how i can remove a bunch of friends from my facebook friends list.

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    • Hi Prabhat,
      Visit the profile page for the friend you wish to remove. In the top right there is a box that says ‘Message’. Click the drop-down arrow next to that and then select ‘Unfriend’.
      Regards.

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  20. Garuda Dictionary SoftwareNovember 15, 2012 at 4:50 PM

    Chatting in any environment be it any mail server or social network is not safe always. Spammer & Hacker always wait for these opportunities. You must have installed paid anti virus with fire wall facility to deal hard with hacker.

    Wishing you Safe browsing…
    Feelmaax Team
    India

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  21. nice step-QH

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  22. it’s really very helpful information for facebook users as well as the business man like me. my large format printer is getting trouble when using facebook for timepass while printing, and I could not solve this problem yet. thanks for the information. I will spread this news through facebook itself. thanks once again

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  23. birendra kushwahaNovember 17, 2012 at 6:11 AM

    thank you.

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  24. birendra kushwahaNovember 17, 2012 at 6:13 AM

    ok.

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  25. Thanks rahul for one more like scam of FB post.

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  26. Thanks for important advice….It’s realy very helpful…

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  27. really nic and useful info………………..thnx for this gr8 info

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  28. Really helpful information, thank you so much sir and this process i perform on my FB account and its really work.

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  29. I hope that your information will be very helpful for the new FB users.

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  30. Hi.. i would like to ask u one thng.. What should i do if i want dat no one else thn my facebook frnds get notification of my activities. For ex: if a frnd of mine liked or commented on my photo..thn his frnds cn see dat activity in their news feed. bt what should i do so that thy cannot even look at my photos as thy r nt in my frnd list..evn if in my privacy settngs i hv enabled visibility only to my frnds.

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    • Hi Shreya,
      If you have enabled visibility of your photos only to your friends, then only they will be able to see it. However, if a friend of yours tags you in his photos then he controls who sees those pictures. His friends will be able to view his photos. If you are tagged in them and wish to not be seen, you must ask him to untag you or to remove the photos altogether.
      Regards.

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  31. Indravadan PatelMarch 17, 2013 at 11:33 AM

    Good Information for everybody.
    Tx to QH.

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