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Why Is Facebook Sending Friend Requests Without My Permission?

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014 by | Filed Under: Cool Sites, Using The Internet

Theresa from New York writes: A friend accepted a Facebook friend request that I “sent,” only I never sent one. Do you know what’s going on?

Although Facebook’s support page specifically says this situation you described can’t possibly happen, there are forums across the Internet filled with people complaining about this very issue. While it’s not entirely clear why this happens, it probably shouldn’t be too surprising that issues like friend requests getting sent or received without any user input occur occasionally.

The world’s most used social network currently has more than a billion people signed up, with Facebook stating that around 750 million people log in daily. With a network that huge – and with frequent changes being rolled out – its no wonder that glitches occur from time to time, especially considering the way Facebook has been changing its “reach” and “sponsored posts” algorithms, affecting who sees what and from whom.

If someone accepted a friend request you didn’t send, be sure to first report the issue at this location, as providing feedback about it can help to ensure the problem gets fixed and it doesn’t occur again.

After reporting the issue, you can simply remove the unwanted person from your friends list. Head over to their Facebook profile, click the “Friends” button near the top of the screen, and then select the “Unfriend” option.

Removing a Facebook Friend

If you don’t want to potentially hurt the person’s feelings by un-friending them, you can instead set it so their posts don’t appear in your feed even though you remain “friends” (of course, they will still be able to see and comment on YOUR posts).

Click the “Friends” icon and then select the “Get Notifications” option. With that option removed, only those posts from that person that Facebook deems “important” (containing key words about life events like “pregnancy,” “divorce,” etc.) will appear in your feed.

If the person’s posts continue to appear in your feed and they are still able to comment on your updates, you can always block them, which prevents all communication of any kind. Just simply choose the “Report/Block” option in the list and follow the prompts.

In the event that friend requests continue to be sent without your knowledge, be sure to change your Facebook password and run a full spyware scan on your computer, as someone else may be accessing your account. 

~ Ty Arthur

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52 Responses to “Why Is Facebook Sending Friend Requests Without My Permission?”

  1. Ron says:

    Happened to me couple of times, also getting requests from people I barely know, awkward. Something to do with looking at profiles or a FB search.

  2. Cynthia Conlin Wright says:

    It just happened to me, fortunately it was to a co-worker. I never sent him a friend request, we aren’t that close so I never thought to even try. To my surprise I got a notification that he accepted my friend request that I never sent!

  3. Harry says:

    I have also had the same problem with an ex and apparently also invited her to join Facebook
    This has caused me a lot of problems

  4. Ks says:

    Just received a notice that someone with 5000 friends has accepted a friend request I’ve never sent. We do not have any mutual friends and the name is not similar to any of my searches which eliminates the possibility of an accidental request.

  5. Sourav Basak says:

    Almost everybody nowadays has a personal Facebook account, or at least knows what it is, and maybe decided it’s just not for them. It takes a lot of work to get your organization recognized, but with enough hard work, you’re able to maximize your organization’s potential to be seen by the massive Facebook community.

    Sourav Basak [Blogger, Entrepreneur, Thinker]

  6. Rebecca says:

    My boyfriend has an account that we cannot delete. He does not know his username or password. He joined FB while signing up to play a game and never even realized he joined. Move forward 2 years and he now has 1 friend. This friend is someone out of the country and someone he had met 20 – 30 years ago. This person is not in any of his contacts as he never had email 20 – 30 years ago. We are annoyed and have no idea how this happened. We only know it happened because my daughter searched him on FB and his account shows up and shows he has 1 friend. FB destroys lives. I question his honesty. What can we do to find out how this happened?

  7. Minna says:

    Same thing just happened to me but we have some mutual friends. I thought i must be loosing my mind or i was sending out requests in my sleep

  8. Cbizzy says:

    This has happened to me a few times. It is when I’ve been looking through the “people you may know” list I may visit their page to see who it is, but never sent the request to be friends. So embarradssung!

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