How to Hide Social Media Posts

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When you post to social media, your post doesn’t need to be around forever. If you want to hide a post so that it still exists, but it isn’t publically available, most sites make it possible to do so. Each social media app or site has different ways of hiding posts, so learning how to do it can be confusing. Below is a guide to hiding posts on the most popular social media websites.

Hide Posts On Facebook

To hide a post on Facebook, go to the post you want to get rid of and click the 3 dots in the post’s top right.

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Image 1 of the Facebook tutorial. | Source: Hacked/W.S.Worrall

Click ‘Move to archive’ to hide the post from your timeline. You can still access the post yourself by going to your archive and clicking on the post.

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Image 2 of the Facebook tutorial. | Source: Hacked/W.S.Worrall

Hide Posts on Twitter

Unfortunately, Twitter doesn’t offer a way to hide individual tweets. Your only option is to permanently delete any tweets you don’t want on your profile anymore.

Go to the post you want to hide and click the three dots at the post’s top right.

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Image 1 of the Twitter tutorial. | Source: Hacked/W.S.Worrall

Click ‘Delete.’

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Image 2 of the Twitter tutorial. | Source: Hacked/W.S.Worrall

Click ‘Delete’ again to confirm your post’s deletion. You won’t be able to retrieve the post once you’ve deleted it.

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Image 3 of the Twitter tutorial. | Source: Hacked/W.S.Worrall

Hide Posts on Instagram

To hide a post on Instagram, you can add it to your archive in the same way as Facebook. You can only add posts to the archive on the mobile versions of the app.

Go to the post you want to hide and click the three vertical dots at the post’s top right.

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Image 1 of the Instagram tutorial. | Source: Hacked/W.S.Worrall

Tap ‘Archive’ to add the post to your archive. You can read and even restore posts from your own archive at any time.

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Image 2 of the Instagram tutorial. | Source: Hacked/W.S.Worrall

Hide Posts on TikTok

TikTok offers a way to make your posts private, but the method is more complicated than on other sites.

Go to the video you want to hide and click the three dots on the screen’s bottom right.

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Image 1 of TikTok tutorial. | Source: Hacked/W.S.Worrall

In the pop-up menu that appears, tap ‘Privacy settings.’

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Image 2 of TikTok tutorial. | Source: Hacked/W.S.Worrall

Tap on the heading titled ‘Who can watch this video.’

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Image 3 of TikTok tutorial. | Source: Hacked/W.S.Worrall

Click the circle under the heading ‘Private.’

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Image 4 of TikTok tutorial. | Source: Hacked/W.S.Worrall

Click ‘OK’ to confirm your video is now private. You can repeat these steps and select ‘Everyone’ in the previous step to make your post public again at any time.

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Image 5 of TikTok tutorial. | Source: Hacked/W.S.Worrall

A Word of Caution

While these methods will remove unwanted posts, you should be aware others can mirror your posts themselves on various websites.

There exists an idea that anything uploaded onto the internet will stay there forever. While it’s not 100% true, it’s worth noting that when you upload anything to a social media site, other people have immediate and constant access to i

You should think carefully about the type of posts you are making before making them, rather than waiting until later on to delete troublesome posts from your timeline. You should be especially careful if you’re posting anything to do with children. Visit our article on posting images of children to learn more.

 

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William Worrall
William Worrall
A gaming and technology writer who has been building computers and tinkering with software since he was a teenager. Previously involved with various prestigious websites, including TechRaptor.net and CCN.COM. Now tutorial creator for Hacked.com.