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Facebook messages are a private form of communication on the social networking site. By default, anyone who has a Facebook profile is allowed to send you a message, even if he’s not on your friend list. If you receive too many unwanted messages from non-friends, change your privacy settings so that only your confirmed friends are allowed to send a message. As of August 2011, Facebook doesn’t allow you to stop your friends from initiating a new message conversation.
Click on the “Account” link in the top right corner of your Facebook screen. Click “Privacy Preferences” from the menu.
Look under the “Connecting on Facebook” section of the privacy settings screen. Click on the blue “View Settings” link.
Click on the light gray icon in the “Send you messages” group. Click “Friends Only” from the drop-down menu. Only people on your confirmed friends list will be allowed to send you messages. If you want to stop someone who’s currently on your friend list from messaging you, the only way to stop her is by un-friending her.
Lara Webster has been writing professionally since 2009. Her work has been featured on Relationships in the Raw, The Nursery Book, Spark Trust and several travel-related websites. Webster holds a Bachelor of Arts in English and a Master of Arts in mass communication and media studies, both from San Diego State University.