Facebook is showing others my latest new added friends, saying something like "Aiwnas is now friends with X." Is it possible to stop Facebook from doing this? Or make it private for a customized list of my friends?


Facebook loves to change placement and/or behaviour of settings. As of March 2013, @mark4o's answer is still correct, but the way of reaching the settings is as follows:

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  • Thanks, as of December 21, 2013 it is still the right answer :D – dav Dec 21 '13 at 12:02
  • Thanks, as of January 2015 as well, it is right right answer.. 😊 – SexyBeast Jan 6 '15 at 20:47
  • As of January 2020, you also have to click on the sub-filter "added friends" or the control will not show – NaturalBornCamper Jan 16 at 19:56

Click on your name at the top of the page, then Activity Log, and set the filter to Friends. Use the gear menu and uncheck the places where you do not want friend activity to appear.

Activity Log Friend Activity menu

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The only way to stop facebook notifying your friends of your friendship changes is to make your friends list private. Go to your friends list page. At the top right section of the page click on Edit button. There you can choose who can see list of your friends (only me, custom, friends, everyone). Whoever can see list of your friends can find out whom you just became friends with.

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So if you need to hide friendship notifications from some of your friends you need to make a custom list.

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    Any explanations for a negative vote?! – Manoochehr Oct 30 '12 at 7:23
  • Because it's incorrect. Who can see your friends list has no bearing on the update that shows up in the Ticker, which is public by default. – Prometheus Nov 16 '17 at 18:06

Apart from what Manoochehr has already correctly said:

Whenever you add a friend, the post would also appear at the top of your timeline, all you have to do, is edit the visibility of at post to "Only Me".

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