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Ever scrolled mindlessly down your Facebook feed and spotted an interesting-looking thumbnail, only to realize that it's a sponsored post? Yep, talk about asshole design.
I'm a minimalist, and along with a minimalist wardrobe, I champion the right to choose the visual information you see.
I have nothing against ads, but I am all for the choice to opt out of it. As of 2019, I've also removed the ads from my website, opting for a donation model instead.
So, how do you block or hide these sponsored posts? These are the bread and butter of Facebook and are how they earn money, so the chances are that you will not get an option to turn them off.
But, I'm going to show you how to hide them completely for an ad-free Facebook experience
Step 1: Download the uBlock Origin browser extension.
uBlock Origin is the best adblocker on the market right now. It's not to be confused with uBlock, which is a monetized version. Why there are two versions is a saga that warrants an entire story. But the point is that you should download uBlock Origin, which is the original uBlock.
Step 2: Add a filter
Go to the extension options (Right-click on the extension icon and click on “Options”). A tab should open showing the uBlock Origin options. Click on the tab that reads “My filters” and add the following:
* Please see below for an updated code for Facebook's new layout because Facebook, being Facebook, has taken the step to randomize code to make it harder. This filter will no longer work for most.
Once you copy and paste the above code, it should look like the this.
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Then, click on the “Apply changes” button that just turned orange and you're done.
Update: The New Facebook Layout
Recently, Facebook has rolled out its new design, and the code above may not work for some. I have unfollowed everyone and deactivated Facebook recently and might not be able to try the filters myself. So, please contribute in the comments below, and I will keep this guide updated.
If it doesn't work for you, try the following:
Facebook likes to move the code structure around and also Facebook serves different HTML depending on your region.
If this doesn't work, try any of the following filters. The reason the above might not work is because
facebook.com###facebook div[role="feed"] div > span > span > a > span > span[aria-label="Sponsored"]:upward(div[role="feed"] > div)
facebook.com###facebook div[role="feed"] div > span > span > a > span[aria-label="Sponsored"]:upward(div[role="feed"] > div)
Please post your solution in the comments below if you find one that works.
Confirm if it works
Go to your Facebook Newsfeed or refresh if you were on the page before, and Sponsored Posts should no longer appear.
Note that Facebook is continuously updating its code to circumvent this kind of block, so please leave a comment if you find that it doesn't work, and I'll see if I can find a way to break the code.
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More: Want to take digital minimalism further? See how I unfollowed everyone on Facebook.