5 effortless steps to block Facebook spam from reaching your news feed

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.

Rahul Thadani

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DEBASHIS PANDA
DEBASHIS PANDA
8 years ago

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!

Ansumay Datta
Ansumay Datta
8 years ago

Informative.

Dinesh
Dinesh
8 years ago
Reply to  Ansumay Datta

How can Facebook Block

MVN Vijaya Kumar
MVN Vijaya Kumar
8 years ago

Beautiful information indeed

Lionel Pereira
Lionel Pereira
8 years ago

Thanks QH….very informative & useful info.

MVSRAMARAO
MVSRAMARAO
8 years ago

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

SAMIRAN BHOWAL
SAMIRAN BHOWAL
8 years ago

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

sunil singh
sunil singh
8 years ago

good post sir. thank for information

Dhirajkumar Darawade
Dhirajkumar Darawade
8 years ago

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

Naina
Naina
8 years ago

Thanks for giving such useful information.

Ashutosh Kumar Bhardwaj
Ashutosh Kumar Bhardwaj
8 years ago

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 😀

ashish thummar
ashish thummar
8 years ago

thanks for important advice…………..
😀

Jagdish Tamya
Jagdish Tamya
8 years ago

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

somenath
somenath
8 years ago

thnx buddy

Pankaj Makkar
Pankaj Makkar
8 years ago

really nice information…!

santanu dutt
santanu dutt
8 years ago

thank you quicheal for that hints.

santanu dutt
santanu dutt
8 years ago

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

mattu
mattu
8 years ago

nice

.K N BADARINATH
.K N BADARINATH
8 years ago

Sir,

A Wondefull Idea, it will be implemented

K N Badarinath

prabhat
prabhat
8 years ago

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

prabhat
prabhat
8 years ago

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

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Garuda Dictionary Software
8 years ago

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jaafar
jaafar
8 years ago

nice step-QH

anil c.s
anil c.s
8 years ago

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

birendra kushwaha
birendra kushwaha
8 years ago

thank you.

birendra kushwaha
birendra kushwaha
8 years ago

ok.

Sameer
Sameer
8 years ago

Thanks rahul for one more like scam of FB post.

Rup
Rup
8 years ago

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

Mansi
Mansi
8 years ago

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

Hrushi
Hrushi
8 years ago

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

DEEPAK MOHAN
DEEPAK MOHAN
8 years ago

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

shreya
shreya
8 years ago

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.

Indravadan Patel
Indravadan Patel
8 years ago

Good Information for everybody.
Tx to QH.

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