Usually I post status or links with custom sharing. e.g. I do post a status keeping 10-15 people in custom list. Now, if one of them hovers the mouse on the "gear" or "custom" sharing icon, they can see other people with whom I've shared the post (which I don't want).

Is this by default? Because if I see custom posts from my friends, I can't see this behavior. So, It looks like problem with my profile.

Can anyone please tell me how to disable this from settings?

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Facebook changed this in September 2011. The first time that you set the audience to specific lists or people after the change, this notice pops up:

What will these people see after you post?

Any custom audience set to specific lists or friends after you are shown this notice will show the list of names. If it was set before you were shown the notice (even if the same setting is still being used for new posts) will just show "Custom" as before:

Shared with: Custom

If you don't want it to show the list of names, one thing you can do is post to Custom, choose Friends and under Hide this from enter a friend list or certain people that you do not want to see the post. In that case it will appear to others that it was posted to Friends as shown below; they will not see the list of names that are included or excluded. However, because new friends will not be in any friend list at first, they will see any posts that were posted this way if you don't remember to quickly add them to a list.

Shared with: Candy's friends

Another way to avoid the list of names is to post to one of the automatically generated "smart lists", such as the Family, city, and school lists. Unlike the other lists, where the people do not know which lists they are on, people are placed on these lists automatically based on their own profile information so they should already know which of these lists they are on. In this case the list is shown rather than individual names:

Shared with: Erin's Family Shared with: Candy's San Francisco Friends

Edit: So in summary, if you set a post to be visible only to Friends, Friends of Friends, Public, or one of the predefined Smart Lists like Family, city, or school, it will show that (no individual names); even if you hide it from some of those people no names will be visible. If you make it visible only to Close Friends, Acquaintances, one of your own custom lists that you created, or to individual names, then it will be expanded to show the people's names (none of those list names are shown); if you hide from some people then the people you hid it from will not be in the list of names.

I don't have a definitive answer on combinations of multiple lists; it seems that there is some way to get it to say "Custom" with some but not all combinations. However even if you figure out how it currently handles multiple lists I would not count on it staying the way it is for long. Facebook is known for making frequent changes to documented behavior, but that is nothing compared to the frequent changes they make to undocumented behavior.

  • I've tried this. I Created a list with 2 people. I added a post, did specific people, make this visible to: -the list i just created hide this from: -one of the 2 people on the list. Somehow the person I choose to post to, can still see their name when scrolling. Is there something I forgot? thanks
    – user18537
    Commented Mar 28, 2012 at 14:15
  • See the summary that I just added to my answer.
    – mark4o
    Commented Mar 28, 2012 at 17:52

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