I’m sure that you have seen this Facebook status update on your feed many times since Facebook rolled out its latest changes.  It goes something like this.

“Hi Friends — Please do me a favor and move your mouse over my name here, wait for the box to pop up and then move your mouse over the “Subscribe” link. Then uncheck the “Comments and Likes”.

This is what shows my comments on the right side bar of the computer. I would really rather that my comments on friends and families posts not be made public to non-mutual friends. thank you! Then re-post this if you don’t want your every single move posted on the right side in the “Ticker Box” for everyone to see!”

While this may get the intended result, who wants to do go through this for each friend?  That could take a massive amount of time. 

Did you know that you have the option to control what others see on your feed.  You can hide those things you don’t want made public in the ticker. 

  1. Go to your profile page.  Look for the “Recent Activity” portion of your feed.  Find the activity that you want to hide and click the blue X to pops up next to it. 
  2. A menu pops up with several choices.
    •  Hide this action from my profile will remove this one line of activity.
    • Hide all recent like activity from my profile will hide ALL of this type of activity from your wall. It will also keep this type of activity from showing in the ticker to the side for everyone. 

Follow these steps to hide posts about new friend connections, page likes, comments you leave for others etc.  Pretty much any activity on your news feed can be hidden if you choose to.

UPDATE:  As you can see in the comments below, people are reporting that they have tried this and it did not work.  I suppose the only way to really protect your privacy on Facebook is to not post anything that you wouldn’t want the world to see.  If you have found the fix, please post it in the comments below. 

Comments

  1. this actually does not hide your activities from the ticker. It only hides activities on your profile. This is a false report.

    • E @ Elegantly Said says:

      From my understanding, the ticker shows the same activity that is available on your wall. If you block certain activity from being seen on your wall, it should not show up in the ticker. I have made these changes to my personal profile and the blocked activity does not show up in the ticker. I do not believe this is a false report.

      • I have already removed all these things from showing up on my Wall. But my comments on pages and comments on my friends’ posts still show up in other friends’ tickers (who are not mutual friends and who do not like those pages), even though they don’t show up on my Wall. It worked for activities and page likes, but not comments.

  2. no that doesn’t hide your activities from FB Ticker, because once you comment or like something, immediately appear on Ticker!

  3. the only two ways for something to not appear in ticker:
    1-if the the post is yours just make it private for those who you don’t want them to see it.
    2- or don’t do something that you don’t want people to know! as FB said

    http://www.facebook.com/help/?faq=171783462899295#Who-can-see-stories-about-my-comments-and-likes-in-ticker?

    • E @ Elegantly Said says:

      From your link – “Remember, your comments and likes are only visible to people who can see the original post.”

      By choosing the “Hide All” option you are removing the activity from your profile page. You are keeping it from being visable to others. By doing this it should not show in the news ticker.

  4. Nope, even if I remove the activity from my profile, it still shows up on the ticker. I have always removed my activities from my page because I feel if I want someone to see what I wrote on someone elses wall, I would share it in a post….If I sign into my husbands account even after I have removed things it still shows on his ticker so Im assuming it shows on other peoples as well. I hope facebook creates a removal option soon.

    • E @ Elegantly Said says:

      The instructions above worked to remove my activity from the news ticker. My page privacy is set to “friends only” and I have chosen to hide all activity from my profile page. Anything that I like, new friends or comments that I make on other’s profiles do not show up in the ticker. I have verified this by logging into another account that I am friends. The only activity of mine that shows in the news ticker is status updates.

  5. If only this works…long ago I hid my recent activity and yet it still shows in the ticker. I hid an activity (a comment I made) and yet it is in the ticker according to my friends and husband. It’s frustrating because, yet I know that it’s on facebook, but there are things directed at specific people and I would like for just those people to see it…

  6. This is INDEED A FALSE REPORT. All pages you “like” are public pages. Let’s say you have strong political view points. You cannot comment on a page status you “like” without your comment showing up in the news feed. Changing your profile privacy setting does NOT prevent your every move from showing up in the ticker. IT DOES NOT WORK! Trust me, I’ve tried this, my husband has tried it, my friends have tried it and even the IT guy in my office has confirmed this DOES NOT work. The ticker is a true invasion of privacy and there is no fix to the issue!

  7. Please contact Facebook via this link: http://www.facebook.com/help/contact_us.php?id=245069195532125

    and let them know that it is NOT accceptable that all friends can see your activity in all fan pages, that you have hidden from your wall. Seriously this is really spying on people!

    Privacy by obscurity is better than NO privacy at all!

  8. I had my sister come over and show me her facebook wall, on the computer. I was shocked, that all my comments, and likes were all over her wall!! Even though I had done everything, and then some, to try to stop it!! I am sure you ‘think’ this works, but it doesn’t. All you have to do to check is, to comment or like something, while you have a friend with a laptop on Facebook at the same time. If you can’t see someone’s FB wall, you don’t know what they are seeing.

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