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How can I stop someone from sending me a facebook message?

Asked by MissRosie81 (251 points ) January 21st, 2012

Hello! I have a quick facebook question that I can’t seem to find the answer to.

I have a friend on facebook that I would like to prevent from sending me private messages. I do not want to unfriend or block this person, I just don’t want any more private messages from them.

Is there a way that I can filter who sends me private messages? On Facebook Help it just shows me how to receive messages from “everyone, friends, and friends of friends”. I’m wondering if I can block the messaging from just one person.

Thanks for your help :)

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Hain_roo's avatar

Not that I’ve noticed, without doing what you said you don’t want to do.
Why not just tell this person your PM…isn’t working?

(It could happen, mine doesn’t show I have a PM half the time)

marinelife's avatar

You would have to unfriend them. Sorry.

Kardamom's avatar

I don’t think you can do anything other than block the person.

Curious, why would you not want to block the person if you don’t like getting private messages from them? How good of a friend is this person?

Why can’t you just talk to the person and let them know why you don’ want to get any more PM’s?

Do you not want the PM’s because the person sends too many of them? Or is it because you don’t have time to read the PM’s? Or is it because you like to read the info that this person posts, but you don’t really want to have a “friend relationship” with them?

If your reason for not wanting to read the PM’s is one of the first 2 ideas, then your best bet is just to talk to your friend and say, “Hey Ralph, I don’t have a lot of free time to read anyone’s PM’s so if you need to get ahold of me, either phone me or text me.” That way you don’t have to hurt his/her feelings. If, on the other hand, you like to read Ralph’s posts (because you get valuable information from them) but you don’t really consider Ralph a good friend, simply ignore the PM’s, but take the chance that he will ultimately unfriend you or contact you in some other way to find out why you won’t answer.

Hain_roo's avatar

“I do not want to unfriend or block this person” <<< I can’t think of another way! :0)

wilma's avatar

If it’s a problem with chatting via PMs, you can have your settings so that it says that you are offline. I am always in the offline setting. I like to lurk, but mostly because I don’t want to get into a chatting situation when I don’t usually have time for that.

Kardamom's avatar

@wilma That’s a great idea! I wasn’t thinking about instant messaging, maybe that’s what the OP meant. But that would also work for regular PM’s if the person every questioned you. They might still send them, but you wouldn’t have to read them or explain yourself.

Charles's avatar

Step 1. Quit Facebook.
Step 2. There is no Step 2.

Facebook is to Fluther what cartoons are to the DIscovery Channel.

wundayatta's avatar

You don’t have to pay attention to anything thing person sends. Just delete the pms without looking at them.

AshlynM's avatar

Sorry, the only way is to block them or delete them. Currently, there is no way to filter who can send you pm’s or email on facebook, which I think is bogus. There should be an option.

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