What Does TBF Mean on Facebook?

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Written by: Alex Popa


What Does TBF Mean on Facebook?

Were you talking to someone on Facebook, and they wrote “TBF,” which left you stumped?

TBF” means “To Be Fair,” which refers to an attitude of honesty, impartiality, and unbiased objectivity.

It means the other person is being honest with you, whether that is upsetting. Or they’re admitting to something.

But, the “TBF” term has more meanings than “To Be Fair,” though they are less popular.

In this article, I’ll present some common understandings of the “TBF” term and explain their uses. 

Keep reading to find out more!

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What Does TBF Mean on Facebook?

What Does TBF Mean on Social Media?

TBF” is used on all social media platforms, not just Facebook. It’s an acronym like many others, and it has certain meanings.

The most popular is “to be fair,” which is what most people mean when using this acronym.

Other meanings include:

  • Taken By Force
  • Total Body Fat
  • Thermal Balance Fixture
  • Temporary Block Flow
  • Three Bags Full

But these meanings are much less popular than “to be fair.”

If you don’t know what the other person is referring to when they use “TBF,” think about the context of the discussion.

What are you talking about? Is it a casual conversation, and the tone of their statement seems to imply honesty, an admission of truth, or impartiality?

Then, most likely, they are using “TBF” with the “to be fair” meaning. If the discussion is more specific and centered on a specific domain like fitness, then the “Total Body Fat” meaning may be more appropriate.

How Can I Be Sure That the Other Person Means “To Be Fair”?

You can’t be 100% sure, only to a degree of likelihood. But depending on the context of the conversation and what the other person is saying, you can be pretty sure of what they mean.

Let me give an example:

  • I’m starting to like their pizzas more and more.
  • TBF, the last pizza I had was one of the tastiest I’ve had in a long time. What about you?

In this context, “TBF” means “to be fair,” and other interpretations are a stretch. But if you’re not learned in everyday speech, you’re forgiven for not knowing!

You can think of “TBF” as “TBH.” One means “to be fair,” and the other means “to be honest,” and they’re used in the same contexts.


Facebook and other social media platforms are places where you can easily get lost in acronyms.

The common ones like “lol,” “ikr,” and “lmao” are not that difficult to understand. But there are less common ones like “tbf” which you may not know.

The new generation has started using even more cryptic acronyms that not even people born in the digital era know.

In these cases, you can only consult online guides and dictionaries. I hope this guide has helped you understand how “tbf” is used on Facebook!

If you have any questions, leave them below, and I’ll reply as soon as possible.

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Alex Popa

My name is Alex and I have a knack for social media in all its shapes and forms. I’ve dealt with such things for quite some time and I noticed that many people have issues with social media and technicalities.

Unforeseen errors, bugs, and other problems make their use of social media problematic. These things will be discussed amply in the guides on Whizcase.

I'll present the facts as they are, and offer quick and easy solutions for them.

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