Learn how to survive the 2016 Elections by filtering your Facebook news feed to block political posts from the news feed so you aren’t constantly barraged with annoying Facebook political posts intruding on your day.
You can also use this list of terms to filter out AR-15, gun control and other firearm related posts from your Facebook news feed without unfriending everyone.
The Election 2016 coverage is in full swing causing friends, coworkers and family members to post cartoons, news and videos about Donald Trump and Hilary Clinton. The recent tragedy in Orlando caused a spike in gun control posts from both sides of the political spectrum.
Combine this with the already heated political landscape that lends itself to Facebook posts that look very closer to the email forwards that your grandparents send than items worth sharing on Facebook and logging in to the social network can be frustrating.
In less than two minutes you can block political posts on Facebook. The major version only works on the Facebook website on your computer, but we’ll also share a trick to get rid of the worst political Facebook posts on your iPhone or Android as well.
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You can edit the list of political posts you want to filter from Facebook so that this is customized to your needs. You can use this list to remove all political Facebook posts or you can try to filter out those that you don’t agree with or like to see.
How to Block Facebook Political Posts
The two-minute video below outlines how you can remove political posts from Facebook. This process is quick and it is easy to use. You only need to install a free extension and then paste in a list of things that you don’t want to see.
The first thing you need to do is install the Social Fixer app. Download the right one for your browser below.
After installing Social Fixer it should automatically turn on and show up near the upper right section of your Facebook page. Click on the icon and then on Social Fixer Settings.
On the next page click on Filtering. Locate the box called other in the third column. Paste the text below in there to filter any Facebook post with that information from your Facebook news feed. The list started from ZDNet who shared a list of the biggest names and sources of political news, but we’ve added Sarah Palin, Donald Trump, AR-15 and others to the mix to help filter your feed.
/politic|Hillary|Clinton|Bush|Cruz|Rubio|Rand|Paul|Obama|O’Malley|Ryan|Trump|Palin|Biden|Democrat|Republican|RNC|DNC|POTUS|Tea Party|Convention|Right-Wing|Left-Wing|Liberal|Conservative|Religious Right|Red State|Blue State|Senate|Congress|GOP|MoveOn\.org|Reagan|Hate Crime|politico\.com|AR-15|Gun|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
After you paste that in, check the Move to tabs and type a name. Click on Save and reload the page. After you finish this you should see a new tab with all political information.
Hide Political Facebook Posts from Specific Sources
If you can’t stand to see Facebook posts that link to specific pages on the Internet you can choose to hide all posts from that page.
On a Facebook post click on the small arrow in the upper right. This works on your iPhone, Android or on the web. Choose Hide All From … to hide all posts from that source. This will work across all of your devices. You need to repeat this with multiple sources.
Hide Political Posts from Facebook Friends
You can also choose to unfollow a Facebook friend who posts a lot of political posts. This is just as easy as hiding from specific sources. The person will not know that you are unfollowing them and this isn’t unfriending them so you can still message back and forth.
On a person’s Facebook profile page you can click on Following and it will turn to an option to Follow the person again. When you click it once you will unfollow that person and you will no longer see any of their posts.