How to Accept a Friend on Facebook But Not Let Them See Things

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Thanks to Facebook's wide range of privacy options, you can modify your existing account to control who has access to your information. For example, while certain people may be able to see your birthday, others may lack the access to view such details. These options apply to users who are on your friends list, as well as those who are not.

Accept Friend Request

  • Log on to your Facebook account.

  • Click the "Friends" link from the categories listed to the left side of your home page.

  • Click "Confirm" next to the person's name and photo shown on the resulting screen.

Restrict Access

  • Go to the "Account" link from your home page's top menu options and click "Privacy Settings."

  • Click the "Customize Settings" link towards the bottom of the page.

  • Restrict the access of your new friend to specific types of information using the available options. Click the drop-down menu next to each option you want to restrict and select "Customize."

  • Type your friend's name into the "Hide this From" field; the person's full name appears as you type the necessary details.

  • Click "Save Setting" to apply the selected changes. Repeat the procedure for any other details you wish to restrict from this specific individual.

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