Facebook Tip of the Week: Blocking Apps

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D. Cohn Communications is unveiling a new feature called “Facebook Tip of the Week.” On Mondays, I’ll be posting a quick tip with answers to the questions I get most often about using Facebook. You can find these tips on our Facebook page, under the Notes tab. Today our tip is about how to block annoying game requests.

Many of you are tired of being asked to join your pals in Candy Crush Saga, or whatever their current obsession is. No worries. You can turn off app requests. Here’s how:

On your computer, pull down the tiny blue arrow at the top right of your Facebook screen. Select “Settings” from the list. Click on “Blocking” in the list on your left. [Incidentally, all this is possible from your mobile, too. Just find the same “Settings” option in your personal menu. The location varies for the iOS and Android apps.]

As you can see, you have a number of options for blocking. You can block specific users if they’re annoying you, but you can also block requests. If you have a friend who relentlessly sends you any kind of request – you can block them here. Just start to type their name in the box, and Facebook will pop it up for you.

If someone sends you endless invites to their Tupperware events, there’s an option to block event invites from specific people as well.

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And finally, if you really can’t handle another demand you play Double Down Casino, type the name of the app you want to ignore in the “Block App” box. Again, you don’t need to know the exact title, just type in something close, and Facebook will pop up a list to select from.

Remember, if you block an app here, you can’t use it either, so choose your gaming attitudes wisely. (Of course, this whole process can be undone if you change your mind later.)

Hope this helps, and keeps you just a tad more sane as you navigate the ever-changing waters of Facebook. If you have questions you’d like answered, feel free to send an email, call, or just leave a comment below.