Facebook offers a number of features to deal with inconvenient friends on the social network. Anyone who thinks that blocking is the only alternative to avoid interaction with uncomfortable contacts is wrong. You can also silence posts, restrict users, and be invisible to certain people in Messenger without them knowing that you have silenced them. In the following list, understand how these four features can help you reduce stress on Facebook and avoid boring people on the social network.
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1. Mute the person’s posts
Silence publications of uncomfortable contacts – Photo: Reproduction / Ana Letícia Loubak
The «Silence» feature is the most practical way to prevent posts from annoying people from appearing on your Facebook timeline. Discreet, the function avoids the famous «weather», since the silenced user is not excluded from the friends list. To silence someone, just click on the three buttons located above any post of the contact in question and select the option «Put on snooze for 30 days».
2. Prevent the person from talking to you on Messenger
Stay invisible and prevent unwanted friends from disturbing you on Messenger – Photo: Reproduction / Ana Letícia Loubak
Do you have any contact that disturbs you whenever you are online in Messenger chat? Escape uncomfortable conversations by being invisible to that specific person. In the right sidebar, click on the settings icon and select the «Disable online status» option. Then choose the option «Disable online status for only a few contacts …» and enter the names of the people who will be prevented from seeing that you are available.
3. Add unwanted contacts to the list of restricted friends
Add inconvenient people to the list of restricted friends – Photo: Reproduction / Ana Letícia Loubak
If a friend fills your profile with annoying comments, unwanted memes and fake news, know that you can stop them easily and quickly. Just go to the user page in question, hover your mouse over the «Friends» menu and follow the options «Add to another list»> «Restricted». Restricted friends can only see the posts you have made public or enjoy the content in which they have been tagged. Any other activity will be invisible to them.
Block uncomfortable people to prevent any type of interaction – Photo: Reproduction / Ana Letícia Loubak
If all the previous options were not enough to get rid of that inconvenient friend, it will be necessary to resort to the block. The resource, more radical than the others, prevents the person from making any contact with you. Blocked contacts cannot access your Facebook profile through links or search. They are also unable to see any of their publications, even if they are public.
Blocking is a simple procedure: just access the person’s profile, click on the three-point button and select the «Block» option. Remember that the function is a two-way street, and you will be equally unable to interact with the person.
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