Tired of hearing about politics on Facebook?
There is a browser addon that will allow you to filter what shows up in your Facebook news feed and it actually works! A link to this application and some helpful tips on how to set it up are at the bottom of this post. The only drawback to this is that it only works on your computer browser and you will still see these posts that you’re trying to avoid on your phone or tablet.
Here are a couple of suggestions that might help:
You want to still be friends but you just don’t want to see all the crap posts a friend keeps shoveling out there… Unfollowing a friend on Facebook will keep their posts from making it to your news feed. To do this go to any of your friend’s posts and click the downward-pointing arrow and choose Unfollow.
- Restricted list
If you are one to post your own controversial opinions and you are tired of getting the social backlash of your friends or family you can put the friends you don’t want to see your posts on a Restricted List. Here is a link to show you how to do this.
Are some people who you just don’t want to spend the effort to filter what they have to say? Unfriend them! …it may be for the best… Here is a link to show you how to do this.
Still hearing from or about someone you have already unfriended? Facebook give you the ability to Block them. Here’s how.
All of the above techniques work to control your Facebook experience and what information you see and works on all devices. The last item here is a browser plugin that will allow you to filter any information you don’t want to see (including political).
Once this plugin is installed on your browser you will see the Social Fixer Options next to your Facebook avatar. In the options window under the Filtering menu on the left you will see and Other box. In this box just copy and paste the following to block all of the politics related stuff that is out there right now. Feel free to add or take away from this list but be sure that what you add is between the “pipe” character “|” (shift+\ [backslash key above the enter key]).
/politic|Hillary|Clinton|Bush|Cruz|Rubio|Rand|Paul|Obama|Ryan|Biden|Democrat|Republican|RNC|DNC|Tea Party|Convention|Right-Wing|Left-Wing|Liberal|Conservative|Religious Right|Red State|Blue State|Senate|Congress|GOP|MoveOn\.org|Reagan|Hate Crime|neocon|fascist|Rush Limbaugh|Bill O’Reilly|Bill Maher|John Oliver|Daily Show|Colbert|Sean Hannity|candidate|FOX News|Senator|Representative|Sen\.|Rep\.|President/i
As always, if you have any questions or need help with this or anything else, don’t hesitate to pick up the phone and call the best IT support in Austin, Frankenstein Computer & Networking.