There are three ways you can remove followers on Facebook:
Apart from adding you as a friend, people who are not your friends can follow you on Facebook, if you have enabled this option.
As good as the Follow option is for keeping up with people’s lives, it may attract spammers, lead to undesired interaction, and even privacy violations. For example, last week, I noticed suspicious likes and comments from a person I didn’t know and didn’t have as a friend.
I researched a bit and found several ways to remove unwanted followers on Facebook and restrict who can follow you. Keep on reading below to find out how.
Before learning to remove someone as a follower on Facebook, you might wonder how to see all your followers.
Followers are different from friends in that when someone chooses to follow you, they see your profile updates on their feed, but you don’t see theirs.
Here’s how to see your followers on the Facebook app:
This is how to see your followers on the Facebook desktop version:
Now that you know how to find your followers on Facebook, let’s see how to remove them if you see unwanted people lurking in your followers list.
Note: There’s no direct option that allows you to remove a specific person from your Followers. However, you can control who can follow you, block unwanted followers or add them to your restricted list.
One way to remove Facebook followers is to restrict who can follow you in Facebook Settings. You can allow only your friends to be your followers on a mobile device and desktop.
Here’s how to control who can follow you on the Facebook app:
Follow the steps if you are using the Facebook desktop version:
Changing this option will allow only your friends to be your followers by default.
Check out how to make your Facebook account private to hide your posts and personal info and control who can send you friend requests.
Although Facebook doesn’t allow you to remove a specific person from your Followers list, you can block that person to stop them from following your account activity.
When you block a user, they will immediately be removed from your followers and won’t have access to your account.
To block a follower on the Facebook mobile app:
To block a follower on the Facebook desktop version:
Your account will be invisible to the person you’ve blocked.
A third method to remove a follower on Facebook is to add them to your restricted list.
Adding someone to the restricted list lets you control what they can see on your Facebook profile. For example, they will only be able to see your profile information and posts you make public; they won’t be able to see posts and updates you share only with your friends.
Note: To add someone to the restricted list, you must either have them as a friend or send a friend request.
Here’s how to add a follower to your restricted list on a mobile device:
If you are using Facebook on a desktop, follow the steps below to add a follower to your restricted list.
Note: The desktop version doesn’t allow you to add someone to your restricted list after sending them a friend request. You have to wait for them to accept your request, and only then you’ll be able to add them. This is a downside of the desktop version when using the restricted list method. So you may want to use the app for this method.
After you add someone to your restricted list on Facebook, you can access it to see all the people you’ve added to it and manage it.
You can only see and manage the Restricted list on the desktop Facebook version.
Although there’s no direct option on Facebook to remove followers from your Followers list, there are three methods that allow you to control who can follow you and access your profile updates.
In this article, we covered the three workaround methods that help you remove followers on Facebook.
You can choose who can follow you in Facebook Settings, block unwanted followers or add them to your Restricted list (you first need to have them as friends or send them a friend request to be able to add them to your restricted list.
If someone is being disrespectful or harassing, learn how to report a profile on Facebook.
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