When a stranger (i.e. person who is not my Facebook friend) opens my personal Facebook URL (i.e. https://www.facebook.com/myusername/), several posts on my timeline are displayed. How can I ensure that nothing is displayed on my timeline in this case?


You need to go to those posts and change their visibility level. They're probably marked "public", which shows a globe icon. You need to click that and change the visibility to "Friends only" or whatever else is appropriate.

  • Thanks for the reply. Are you saying though that I need to set each post to 'Friends only' on a post-by-post basis, i.e. one at a time? I'll of course do that if I have to, but it seems a bit inefficient.
    – cag8f
    Feb 16 '18 at 2:53
  • Unfortunately, yes. A few years ago Facebook put something in place to change your Public posts to "Friends only" in bulk, because they changed the way a lot of things were being displayed. If it's still available, you should find it in your privacy settings where you can change your default post visibility.
    – ale
    Feb 16 '18 at 16:14
  • Remember as well, going forward, that the visibility setting on a post is "sticky". If you post one thing as public, the next thing you post will default to public. You need to check the visibility is what you want before you post.
    – ale
    Feb 16 '18 at 16:15
  • OK got it. But the posts in-question are from 2013 and before. When viewing my own timeline, is there a way to somehow jump to those posts? Or do I have to manually scroll down through all of my recent posts, waiting for the page to reload older posts as it scrolls? This seems like it will take quite a long time.
    – cag8f
    Feb 17 '18 at 9:16
  • View your timeline as the public. (Or just view in an incognito tab.) That should let you easily find the posts with visibility to the public. And, yes, it may take a long time. Blame Facebook.
    – ale
    Feb 17 '18 at 12:50

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