I was looking through my friends list and spotted this:

Missing friends

Some of my friends (well more like acquaintances, but you get the picture) are displayed in the list, but don't have a "Friends" button and the link on their name links back to my friends list.

I can think of the following explanations but none of them make complete sense:

  1. They are people I've sent a friend request to that haven't responded yet. I'm not convinced by this as I'm sure that in at least one case they contacted me.
  2. They no longer have a Facebook account. In this case I would expect them to be missing from the list completely.
  3. They've blocked me. Again I'd expect them to be missing from the list. (I'm not bothered if they have blocked me - as I said we're more of acquaintances).

Is it one of these reasons or something else I've not thought of?

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I looked on my Manage Friend's list and found similar people. However, when I click on their names, a dialog box with the following message appears:

This account has been deactivated. Only you can see {friend's name} on your friends list. You have the option to unfriend {friend's name}.

However, my friend's page looks different than yours, so there could be other reasons for this. Given what I'm seeing, it looks like 2 is the most likely candidate.

  • I'm now getting the message - odd that it didn't appear in the first place.
    – ChrisF
    Commented May 28, 2012 at 11:31
  • I have a couple 'friends' who keep their account deactivated, and will occasionally activate it for a few days. I have no idea why. Commented May 28, 2012 at 13:22
  • I highly doubt this is the case. Because I received this message as well but before the link went to nothing before. There is a friend on Facebook that is experiencing lots of people ask them whether they have deactivated when they have not.
    – phwd
    Commented May 29, 2012 at 14:29
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    I have a few friends who get deactivated on a semi-regular basis, then come back the following week. I have no idea why. Either Facebook flags their accounts, or those friends have strange reasons for deactivating their accounts frequently.
    – user13779
    Commented Jun 1, 2012 at 17:20

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