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How to remove your general location from Facebook posts

Ensure your location doesn't appear on the social network

Following changes rolled-out on social network Facebook in September this year, you may have noticed that some of your posts, or those of friends, feature a location next to the timestamp. Rather than a specific place that you or your friend may have elected to include in the post, the location next to your timestamp is a 'general' area and will remain on any future posts until you remove it.

The only problem is, sometimes Facebook doesn't quite get your general location right. For example a friend who lives in south-east London regularly had Limehouse (the other side of the river Thames) on his posts. If this has happened to you, fear not, it's very simple to correct. Here's how.

Step one
Start by logging in to the social network and clicking in the box that says 'what's on my mind?'.

Step two
Type your status and then move the cursor towards the bottom of the box where a location appears, for example in my case it says London.

Step three
A small blue cross will appear to the right-hand side of the location. Press this to remove the location from your status and then press Post. The location won't appear on any more posts.

Step four
If you want to reinstate your general location at any point, hover your mouse at the bottom of the status box to the right of the Places icon and then click. You'll be asked to enter your current city and then press OK. This location will now be added to all posts in the future.

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