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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 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 bread and butter of Facebook and is how they earn money, so chances are that you are not going to 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
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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:
Once you copy and paste the above code, it should look like the this.
Then, click on the “Apply changes” button that just turned orange and you're done.
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 their 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.
Update: The New Facebook Layout
Recently, Facebook has rolled out their new design and the code above will likely not work. I'll be coming up with a new filter for this to work when I get the new design (not available for me at the moment). Please be patient.
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