Gone are the days when if you fought with someone, you could simply stop talking to them and move on. Now, with social media being such a big deal in our lives, fights are incomplete if we don’t take action online too. Facebook users will either unfriend the person or block them. While unfriending someone is simple and only removes them from your list, blocking someone on Facebook is complicated. You may wonder — what happens when you block a person on Facebook?
Well, luck is on your side for you have landed on the correct page. Here we will tell you everything that happens after blocking someone on Facebook (FB). Let’s start.
What Happens If You Block Someone on Facebook (Quick Summary)
When you block someone on Facebook, the user cannot see your profile, contact you, add comments on your posts, or tag you. You both will also be unfriended from each other’s profiles.
Now, let’s understand in depth what does blocking someone on Facebook do?
What Happens to Profile and Interactions Like Posts, Comments, Likes, Tags, Stories, Etc.
New Posts: Blocking someone practically hides your profile from each other. You aren’t able to access their Facebook profile page at all. So neither you nor the blocked person will be able to create a new post on each other’s timeline or interact by adding likes or comments.
Old Posts: Furthermore, when you block someone on Facebook, your old posts, likes, and comments are hidden from their view — be it on their timeline or anywhere else. Similarly, their posts, comments, likes, etc. will disappear from your feed. Moreover, both of you won’t be able to see each other’s posts and comments on mutual pages.
Tip: Learn how to hide all posts on Facebook.
Tags: You cannot tag the blocked person nor can they. And if a mutual friend does tag any of you, the other person will not see the tag or their name.
Stories: Just like other things, both of you cannot see each other’s Facebook stories.
Friends List: Blocking someone on FB removes them from your friend list. So, yes, blocking someone unfriends them. Sadly, there is no way to block someone on Facebook without unfriending them. The only thing that you can do is block them on Messenger only. That way you still remain friends on Facebook.
You may also wonder, “When you block someone on Facebook, what do they see?”, well, nothing. Your profile will disappear for them.
What Happens In Interactions With Respect to Mutual Friends
Sometimes, you block someone with whom you have mutual friends. In such a situation too, your profiles remain hidden from each other. That is the blocked user cannot see you through your mutual friends. Similarly, you won’t be able to see each other’s comments on a mutual friend’s post.
If your mutual friend posts a photo of you or the person that you have blocked (with or without tag), both of you will be able to see the picture since the content belongs to the mutual friend. Now if a mutual friend shares a post from your wall on his/her wall, in that case, the blocked person won’t see the content of the shared post. But if the blocked person tags the mutual friend in a photo, you might see that post on your friend’s timeline.
Tip: Learn how to see who is stalking your Facebook profile.
Can a Blocked Person Search for Your Profile (On Facebook and Google)
Facebook: When you block someone on Facebook and if they search for your profile on Facebook, you will not appear in Facebook search results. Similarly, if you search for the blocked person, they will not appear in your search results. Sometimes, the blocked person might appear but clicking on the profile will result in a blank page.
Google Search: When it comes to Google Search, if they search your name in Google or some other search engine, they will be able to see your profile link (URL). But if they are logged in, they won’t be able to see your profile. If they log out from their profile, they will be able to see your public profile or whatever is public on your profile.
Note: Facebook profiles are available through Google search results unless you have changed the privacy settings and hidden your profile from search results.
What Happens to Messages in Facebook Messenger
As expected, you can no longer message or call the person whom you have blocked on Facebook and neither can the person. However, blocking won’t automatically delete the old messages on Messenger. They will stay in your inbox until you hit the Delete button.
However, if you block them on Messenger only, you can still view their Facebook profile and interact with them on Facebook. That’s because blocking on Messenger is different from blocking on Facebook.
Tip: Know what happens when you restrict someone on Facebook Messenger.
If You Block Someone on Facebook, Are They Notified
No. Facebook doesn’t send a notification when you block someone.
Tip: Learn how to stop Facebook from suggesting you to others.
What About Groups, Events, and Games
Groups: Things are slightly different for groups. While you or the blocked person won’t be able to add the other person to a new group, you will still remain part of common groups. And importantly, the blocked person can see your comments and posts in common groups, but you cannot view anything else related to them from their profile like posts, comments, likes, etc. Those things are hidden.
Events: When you block someone, they cannot invite you to events but you can be part of the same events.
Games: You might see the blocked person in some games and apps as third-party developers create them, and the Facebook block doesn’t apply there.
How to Block Someone on Facebook
Block Someone on Facebook (Android and iPhone)
Step 1: Open the profile of the user that you want to block.
Step 2: Tap on the three-dot icon and select Block. A confirmation message will show up telling what will happen after blocking the person. Tap on Block.
Pro Tip: Another way to block someone on Facebook is by going to Facebook Settings and tap on Blocking. Then tap on Add to Blocked List and search for the person that you want to block.
Block Someone on Facebook (PC)
Open the Facebook user’s profile whom you want to block on PC. Click on the three-dot icon on the right side and select Block from the menu.
Frequently Asked Questions
No. You can unblock a person anytime. However, you cannot block a person again for 48 hours after unblocking them.
Go to Facebook Settings and click on Blocking present under the Audience and Visibility section. You will see all the users that you have blocked. On PC, you might need to click on the Edit button next to the Block Users option first before you can see all the people that are blocked. Then, click on the Unblock button next to their profile.
When you unblock, you will be able to view the person’s public profile, new comments, likes, tags, and other things. You will even see the old comments, posts, tags, etc. that were hidden when you blocked the person.
You can continue interacting again. However, since blocking unfriends them, unblocking them will not restore the connection. You will have to send them a friend request.
It means that the person has deactivated their Facebook profile. Since Messenger can be used without a Facebook profile too, they still appear in Messenger. Another reason could be they have blocked you on Facebook. You can only see the message thread on Messenger and not actually chat with them.
Facebook doesn’t show any message label indicating that someone has blocked you. However, one can figure it out by opening the profile link without logging in or asking someone to check the FB profile via their account. If the profile opens, then the user has blocked you. Learn how to know if someone blocked you on Messenger.
Blocking someone on Facebook disconnects them from you, in a virtual way. That is, you no longer exist to them and vice versa. It has other downsides too. I would suggest either unfriending the person or restricting your profile to them before taking the harsh step of the block.
Last updated on 28 November, 2023
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