How To Remove Political Posts From Your Facebook Feed

How To Remove Political Posts From Your Facebook Feed

By: Katy Ryan Schamberger
September 11, 2012

remove political posts from facebookAs Election Day draws closer, your Facebook News Feed is likely to become its own sort of political battleground. If you’re contemplating a Facebook hiatus until mid-November, we’ve got an easier solution: simply block political posts from appearing in your feed.

If you have a ton of time on your hands, you can block posts individually. The good news? There’s a much faster solution. Our friends at Lifehacker suggest installing Social Fixer, a Facebook browser plug-in that includes a variety of functions – including the ability to block content based on specified keywords.

Available for Firefox, Chrome, Safari, Opera 11+ and Grease Monkey, Social Fixer improves Facebook “by eliminating annoyances.” Once you install Social Fixer, select “minimal setup” (pictured below), which lets you establish your own parameters without filtering everything.

social fixer settings

Click the wrench icon at the top of your Facebook page to specify your settings.

social fixer set up

Click Filtering on the left side of the pop-up window. Under the Other column, look for the Matching Text field.

social fixer keyword filtering

AllFacebook recommends entering your keywords like this so your results won’t be case-sensitive: /Romney|Obama|republicans|democrats/i

When you’re done, click Save—then sit back and enjoy a politics-free Facebook experience!

One caveat? While we think this is a handy trick, we certainly don’t advocate sticking your head in the sand when it comes to keeping up with current events (including politics) and no matter who you support, please vote. And when it comes to Facebook (or other social networks) we love great conversation and well-presented and often differing points of view. What we don’t care for? Disagreement that tends to demonize or an Us versus Them mentality. We’re all in this together, folks.

Politics aside, Social Fixer can come in handy for a myriad other keywords, too, including sports you’re not a fan of, etc. Check it out – we think you’ll think it’s pretty nifty.

Lead image via Chicago Now

  • Shelly, this might actually bring me back to Facebok.

    I would love an application like this for Twitter. I use Tweetdeck’s filters but with Tweetdeck maimed by Twitter (I still limp along with a pre-Twitter version for this functionality), I’m searching for something new. Any recommendations? (I filter both application sources and specific keywords. App sources is key and not widely available in a good client.)

  • ShellyKramer

    Yay! I’m glad you like, Eric. I used to be a huge fan of Tweetdeck, but once acquired by Twitter, they went to hell. I went begrudgingly to Hootsuite and have gotten used to it.

  • Thanks for the “OUT” in the Drama!! Do not want Facebook to be a Political Soapbox… there is enough Suds already!! All in fun!!

  • ShellyKramer

    Haha! You’re welcome!


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  • @ShellyKramer:disqus, I love you. That is all.

  • Thanks for pointing this out Shelly. I wish FB would have this kind of filtering built in.

  • I’m giving Jugnoo a try. Will report back. 🙂

  • ShellyKramer

    I love you back.

  • ShellyKramer

    You’re welcome Barrett.

  • ShellyKramer

    That’s great. I’m a big fan of Danny Brown and hope to be trying it out ourselves one day soon.

  • Great post Shelly! If you don’t mind I’m going to share a link to this on my Facebook page (maybe some of my friends will get the hint).

  • ShellyKramer

    LOL! Thanks Scott. Glad you enjoyed it :))

  • ShellyKramer

    LOL! Thanks Scott. Glad you enjoyed it :))

  • Hallelujah! Seriously.

    I was just having a conversation with a friend yesterday on how annoyed we are with the political war on our news feed – I can’t wait until the election is over so it’ll stop. I can’t thank you enough for sharing this. Installing it right now!

    P.S. I also want to add that I’m also annoyed with all the baby pics people are posting, too. Yes, they’re cute. But it’s annoying when it’s all some people do. Then a friend told me about this thing called “Unbaby Me” that replaces baby pictures with cats and random pictures. Genius.

  • ShellyKramer

    OMG, I love “unbaby me!!!”

  • Finally! I’m all for political opinions (gods know I have my own) but constantly seeing them in my news feed drives me nuts. ‘Tis the season, I suppose…

    I agree with Devan — Unbaby Me is an incredible service, too. Babies can be cute, but ultrasound pictures and potty pics are where I draw the line! Creepy.

  • ShellyKramer

    LOL! I don’t mind the babies at all :))

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