Friday, June 10, 2011

Can Facebook Page Administrators See My Profile Information?

As a Facebook user, you might be concerned about the amount of information you're sharing with the world, and rightly so! But do you need to worry about what the corporate big brother behind your favorite brand's Facebook page can see? That depends on your privacy settings. 

Most Facebook page administrators manage their pages from behind a regular Facebook account. That means that they can see the same information about you that other Facebook users see. How much they can see depends on what you allow the following groups to see: Friends, Friends of Friends, Networks and Everyone.

Facebook allows you to customize your profile info to show or not show to these groups. As I've mentioned before, you can further break this down to hide info and activity from certain groups of people. To do this, click Account>Privacy Settings>Custom>Customize Settings.

While you're at it, go ahead and customize the information that appears when users search for your name. 

Click Privacy Settings>View Settings and change the dropdown on each profile section that will show when a user looks you up in a search, depending on the category they fall in. Since I belong to fairly wide networks, I limit visibility of detailed information such as my friend list, hometown and activities to Friends Only. Since I want people outside of my Friends and Networks to be able to find me, I allow Everyone to search for me and send me direct messages and friend requests. People I have connections with may have an easier time recognizing me if they are able to see my education and work info, so I share that with Networks and Friends.

Customizing your privacy settings, especially since they usually default to "Everyone", will ensure that Facebook page administrators can only see the information you are willing to share with the general public.

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  2. PJ - If this user is harassing you or compromising your account, report him to Facebook. Either click Report/Block on the lower left column of his profile, or visit Facebook's Help Center for more options: https://www.facebook.com/help/?page=178608028874393

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  3. I have a question about this, what if you know the admin of a page and have blocked the admin personally but still continue to like the page they have created? would they by chance still be able to see your personal profile? do these people actually get an update on things I have posted? this may sound weird and a little confusing so ill just lay out exactly what im asking. I have an Ex who I have blocked over 5 months ago but he is a photographer and I had liked his page and forgot to unlike it after I blocked him. well now I find out he has seen something on my profile and has emailed me about this and when I ask how he seen it he said "it popped up on his like page" is this possible or is he stalking like im 89% sure he is? my setting are as tight as they come honestly not sure how else this could happen

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    1. Hi Ashley - I'm sorry to hear you're having trouble with this! Good question. When you block someone, your personal profile is not visible to them, whether they're an admin of a Page you like or not. Admins don't have special access to anyone, beyond what any regular user can see. If you have blocked a Page Admin, they can't even see that you liked the Page, or see your interactions with it. If parts of your profile, including posts, are set as "Public" (which it sounds like they're not,) he could see those items if he is not logged in to his own profile, or if he is using another profile. But otherwise, he should not be able to see your profile or posts.

      If he is harassing you, please continue the good work you're doing so far to protect yourself by reporting his behavior. Best of luck.

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  4. I am so glad to stumble upon this thread. I am wondering if I can make my personal profile unavailable to the other admins on a page. My personal content is so different from the page we run I would hate to offend the other admins. One had asked me to remove a picture from my personal profile already even though non of the fans on the page know or can even access my personal one. If I block them will I still be able to be an admin?

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    1. Glad you found the article then! Since you are a co-admin, they will always be able to see your name and your profile photo. You can, however, adjust the settings on your profile so that if they look you up, none of your personal info beyond your name and profile photo will be visible to them. You can do that without blocking them. Go to https://www.facebook.com/settings?tab=privacy and use "Review all your posts and things you're tagged in" and "Limit the audience for posts you've shared with friends of friends or Public?"

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  5. A few years ago, I changes my settings that page administrators could not see me. Now I can't get my work to allow me to administer a page and the above example settings have changed. How do I change this back?

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    1. Your personal privacy settings should not affect your ability to admin a Page. It sounds like something else may be the problem here. Email me at lauren at thesocialstage dot com with more info and I'll see if I can help!

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  6. I see on a FB group page that when some members block me or their page becomes inactive there names show up as black writing on the members page. Occasionally, they appear on the first page of the members listing but not if I list them in full, by join date or alphabetically. Is there a way to make them all show up so I can delete them instead of waiting for them randomly to appear?

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  7. the admin of our company's business page won't give admin access to anyone else because she says it's linked to her personal page. she is awful at adding content and updating. i wanted admin access and she will only allow editor which means i can't link to instagram or change any settings. is there any reason why the person who created the page should worry about another admin?

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    1. Great question! Every Facebook Page is administered through a personal account. She has given you access in general by making you an Editor, but as Editor as you noted you don't have access to all of the Page settings. The most important difference between Admin and Editor is the ability to add or remove people's administrative access to the Page. That would usually be a Page Admin's primary concern about making someone else an Admin - he or she could have their Admin status taken away and therefore lose access to the Page entirely. You do have access as Page Editor to creating new posts, so make the most of it! Discuss the other settings with your Admin and see if you can work with her to make the changes you need, or reassure her that you won't change any admin access if she makes you an Admin. A Page Admin doesn't have any access to another Page Admin's personal profile or account, so she shouldn't be worried about that. If you or your Admin have any questions about this, or would like help keeping your Page updated and posting consistently, please email me at lauren@thesocialstage.com. Thanks!

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  9. So if I join a group on Facebook, the admin can not see my profile? As they are not on my friends list and my account is set to private.

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  10. So if I join a group om Facebook, the almond cannot see my profile? As they are not actually on my friends list.
    My profile is set to private.
    Thanks x

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    1. Group administrators who are not your friends can only see anything on your profile that you have set as visible to the public. If you have locked down your account to make everything visible only to your friends, then they will only be able to see your name and profile photo.

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  11. An Admin has me blocked on her personal page, but now I cant see events that she created for our group.Any way to fix this?

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    1. Hi Tom - Sorry to hear you're having trouble with this. They are most likely events she created under her personal profile, so that's why you can't see them. There's no way around that unfortunately.

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  12. Can people who like my business page see my personal page?

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  13. Hello Lauren,
    I want to have a page and if I understand well it will be linked to my personal profile, right? I'll be the only adm. of this page. But I do not want people who Likes my page to see my personal profile. How can I set that? Thx.

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    1. Thanks for asking, Marcela. Although you will have administrative access to your Page via your personal Facebook account, people who like your Page will not be able to see your personal Profile.

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  14. I have same issue. Different question. Someone blocked me from their personal profile and now we are in the same group together. They are an admin and I am not. I know that I cannot see his posts since he blocked me. But since he is an admin can he see my posts in the group? I believe that Admins must be able to see every post in order to control the group and its tone. Thanks for any answer

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    1. A fascinating and tricky question, Courtney. Thanks for asking. I just ran an experiment with a fellow group admin to check on this so I could give you an answer. I had him block me and then did a link post in the group he admins. Interestingly enough, he could see my profile photo and the post text, but the link was "attachment unavailable." Hope this helps - good luck to you.

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  15. i joined a group on Facebook about selling and buying community stuffs. my question is that the admin of that group wud he/she be able to see what i'm posting and uploading on my timeline. thanks��

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    1. The group admin can click on the link to your profile and only see what you have posted publicly. Thanks for asking!

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  16. I an a moderator on a business page and I can not delete myself from that position. I have asked the admin of the page to remove me but she will not do it. When I go to comment on posts it still shows that I can comment as myself or the business page. How can I stop this option? This business owner owes me money and now that I quit the company I don't want her being able to post as me.

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    1. Hmm that's odd. Even if you don't have Admin status, you should be able to remove yourself from your page role on the Page, as long as there are other admins who still have access to the page. Go to Settings > Page Roles. She will not be able to post as you though - only you can post from your own profile. The feature you're seeing is a factor of you having a role on the Page. Hope this helps!

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    2. Thanks I tried that and it just kept saying I couldn't remove myself that an Admin had to do it. I emailed her telling her I want off the page as a moderator and that I could not remove myself. She responded with remove yourself -smh I was worried about her posting on various things on FB because I still see the option to post as me or to post as her page. I assume she has the same option to post as me or her page? maybe not? I just will feel better when I'm completely removed from anything to do with her or her business.

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    3. Hmm that's unfortunate. She has the option to post as herself or as the page - don't worry, she can't post anything as you or have any access to your account. Hope you get it sorted out!

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