How to Block Political Posts on Facebook & Survive 2017

Learn how to survive the 2017 political chatter 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, executive order, Muslim ban and other terms from your Facebook news feed without unfriending everyone.

Now that Donald Trump is President there are even more Facebook posts than ever about politics and there may well be for his first 100 days in office.

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.

Clean up Facebook by removing Political posts from your news feed.
Clean up Facebook by removing Political posts from your news feed. Oleg Golovnev / Shutterstock.com

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.

Read: Facebook Tips & Tricks

You can edit the list of political posts you want to filter from Facebook so that this is customized to your needs. 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. You can also block Donald Trump on Twitter if you want.

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.

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On the next page click on Filters. On this screen, you can now simply select Election/Politics 2017 by clicking the plus sign. and it will remove any posts related to politics in 2017 from your Facebook news feed.

This list includes a constantly updated listing of political keywords. Unlike the older version that you had to manually update over time, this is a list that Social Fixer continually updates.

As of January 31st it blocks the following terms from your Facebook news feed.

(trump|pence|hillary|bernie|libertarian|gary johnson|jill stein|green party|election|republican|democrat|democratic|political|politics|politician|clinton foundation|electoral|ben carson|chris christie|giuliani|ivanka|inauguration|kellyanne conway|sean spicer|tillerson)

This is a good start, but you should add another filter if you want to completely wipe out politics from your Facebook news feed.

Click on Create a New Filter and then paste the list below into the box next to contains.

How to block political posts on Facebook in 2017.
How to block political posts on Facebook in 2017.

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, Muslim Ban, Executive Order 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|Muslim Ban|Executive Order|Senator|Representative|Sen\.|Rep\.|President/i

The default action is to Hide post, so you don’t need to change any other options. Click Done Editing Filter.

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.

You can also hide all posts from a specific website.
You can also hide all posts from a specific website.

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.

If all else fails, unfollow friends who post political news items too much.
If all else fails, unfollow friends who post political news items too much.

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.

16 Comments

  1. Barbaraltrask

    01/21/2016 at 5:07 pm

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  2. Logan's Run (@azninvasion2000)

    02/13/2016 at 11:55 pm

    The word list doesn’t filter bernie sanders at all. Also the plugin straight up doesn’t work for the word Democrat for some reason.

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  3. Tristan

    03/03/2016 at 2:28 pm

    Options option is grey and unclickable.

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  4. agewymer

    03/04/2016 at 4:44 am

    If you go to refollow friends after the elections does it show you’re refollowing them on their profile page or is it the same as before you unfollowed them.

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  5. Kyle Butler

    03/06/2016 at 3:59 pm

    I made a Chrome extension to block anything politically related from your facebook feed. you can find it here> https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/politics-blocker-for-face/nnibeffkcgbakinncdllddlfdopdbcna?hl=en

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  6. pacmaniax

    03/13/2016 at 9:39 am

    Firefox refuses to install the add-on, saying it’s “unverified.”

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  7. none

    03/20/2016 at 2:35 pm

    Do NOT download this thing. It rendered my AdBlock inoperable, put a bunch of ads on my FB page and I can’t uninstall it now matter how hard I try. Crappy, crappy, crappy app.

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  8. nancy

    08/02/2016 at 12:16 am

    Social Fixer used to be great, but the developer couldn’t keep up with the many changes made to Facebook, which rendered many of its features such as the filtering useless. This extension hasn’t been updated since 2014.

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    • Josh Smith

      01/31/2017 at 8:26 am

      The tool was updated on January 18th 2017.

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  9. tipporgaming

    08/08/2016 at 8:26 pm

    Social Fixer doesn’t work anymore on Chrome. Plus, with how FB makes changes constantly, this would be a pain to keep up with.

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  10. abigael

    10/09/2016 at 5:28 pm

    social fixer is amazing, i’ve used it for years. it goes through periods where fb rolls out changes and the app hasn’t quite caught up, it’s a tiny team! but they always do catch up, and even when some things are slipping through it cuts out so many ads and crap, it’s brilliant.

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  11. Craig

    10/14/2016 at 7:44 am

    Social Fixer was recently updated and it does in fact work on Chrome.

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  12. ward david

    02/03/2017 at 2:59 pm

    I’m available as a proof reader for grammar and spelling. Went past eighth grade.

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  13. Anna

    02/18/2017 at 3:33 am

    No bias at all😑

    Reply

  14. Lenny

    03/09/2017 at 7:39 pm

    Windows Edge nor Outlook is listed. How can I use your filters for these browsers?

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  15. Tom

    03/19/2017 at 2:24 am

    Another great and super simple way to block politics and more from Facebook is with Sadblock. It’s a new Chrome Extension (full disclosure: I built it), and it’s really easy to use. Check out the blog post: https://tomthought.github.io/sadblock/facebook/2017/03/19/how-to-block-political-posts-on-facebook-and-twitter.html

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