Check out this quick screenshot and then go into your own facebook page and verify you have no hidden requests.

What is this? I always manage to get caught off-guard with another facebook privacy issue and this one I could not explain with a Google search. The facebook help center was of no help either. It’s the facebook hidden friend request. How do you do this? Why would you? Why do facebook friend requests need to be hidden and why are there no notifications in facebook or the facebook iPhone app as a heads up?


Should Facebook Make This a Security issue?

So this is what’s stumping me. It’s a hidden friend request on facebook that does not¬†initiate¬†any alerts alerting you that you have a friend request waiting. In the meantime, until you do something with the request, the requestor account has access to your profile and maybe just enough personal info to steal a password or two. This should really be a security issue.

In this case the request came from Belgium. Not sure why. It’s just another heads up from yours truly because I really doubt facebook is responding to my request for more info. If anyone has more info about the facebook hidden friends request leave em in the comments below.



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  1. Faith November 28, 2012 at 12:43 PM

    Thank you so much for this information. I have two of those and was wondering about them. I am confused why FB would allow these “hidden” requests. Would love to learn more about it, such as how do we get them… I mean, does the person who sent the hidden request did it this way on purpose, or was it sent like any other request and just randomly fell upon the “hidden” status? And if your page is set on private until your request has been accepted, just how much of your page can they see? Again, thanks for sharing the information you have learned on this so far with us. Hope we can find out more about this soon.

    1. David Daniels November 28, 2012 at 2:20 PM

      I’m really not sure how these friends requests get hidden. There is a button next to your activity log, lower left, just under your timeline banner. From there you can click on “View As” and view your profile as it is seen publicly or how a friend sees it. It’s a very handy feature. If your page is set on private there is not to much the average person can see.

  2. Darlene Maher May 19, 2012 at 2:48 PM

    I am not a web designer and/or amything but a Facebook user BUT @David you mentioned something about a friends request generated in Belgium …my comment to this aspect is from experience …when you use browsers that are free (Opera or free mobile browsers) I did notice in my active sessions it had me logged in from Sweden, also I had to verify that I was the one trying to log in using this unknown source before I could continue into Facebook. I’m gonna assume that any Friends Requests I sent out probably came from Sweden …No? Thanks for your time! Take care! OneLove Dar.

  3. Jeri Usbay June 15, 2011 at 8:10 AM

    Hi David – this is not a Facebook security issue. Facebook used to have a Not Now button which you could use to handle friend requests. Clicking on Not Now would land the request in the Hidden Requests folder. I have three requests in that folder which I know I put there.
    Additionally, making a friend request does not provide the requestor with any more or less access to your account. Hope this info helps!

    1. David Daniels - Site Author June 15, 2011 at 9:31 AM

      Thank You Jeri! Puts my mind at ease.

      Jeri’s my facebook expert people and you’ll find her business listed on my facebook page if you have any facebook questions! :)


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