How Do I Block Specific Ads from Facebook?

   Posted February 6, 2012 by David Kirk in Facebook, Internet

Recently a tech-recipes fan dropped me an interesting question. She was seeing political ads that offended her on Facebook and wanted to know how to keep these ads from appearing. Here is how to block any ads that you find offensive.

Facebook makes its money by knowing as much as possible about you. Because of this, the ads can be very targeted. Occasionally, this can pepper the side of your Facebook news feed with ads that are painful to see. For example, if you are trying to lose weight, maybe you get tired of seeing all the weight loss ads. One of our fans dropped us with such a question:

I have enjoyed using fb during this political season because I get to debate my friends about all the issues. However, some of the political ads that have been appearing are very offensive to me. The same ads appear over and over. Is there any way of blocking these ads?

Users can blocking specific ads on Facebook using the same method as blocking specific apps.

1. Mouseover the offensive ad.
2. Click on the X that appears in the upper right hand corner of the ad.

mouse and click the X that appears

3. Select to hide all ads from that ad provider.

block all ads from that provider

Of course, Facebook will happily replace your blocked ads with something else. However, at least you can enjoy your news feed without having to look at something blatantly offensive to you.


About David Kirk

David Kirk is one of the original founders of tech-recipes and is currently serving as editor-in-chief. Not only has he been crafting tutorials for over ten years, but in his other life he also enjoys taking care of critically ill patients as an ICU physician.
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  • angela

    How do you accomplish this in the fb mobile ap? I tried to ‘mouse over’, but all that does is select the damn thing and send you to it’s website. Then you get six times as many of the same…aggravating! Hate ads on my mobile…

  • Diana Morgan

    This simply doesn’t work. They come back again after a few days.

  • Kacer

    yeah it MIGHT block the ad for THAT DAY (if you’re lucky) but I keep killing the same offensive ads ad nauseam.

  • Bug

    I can ignore most but the blatantly offensive ones embarrass me when the grandkids are here and I just don’t want to look at that stuff. There is no “x” to click on this trash.

    I haven’t clicked on anything I can think of that would have generated this junk. Of course my older grandson or someone else may have clicked on something that would have generated this … but now what do I do. I don’t want to look at the video of this young lady before it’s banned!!!!!!