Show the good, hide the bad.

Are there certain Facebook posts, or ads, that scare you, alarm you, or disgust you?

Me too.

You may not realize it, but this is something you can control.

Facebook has an algorithm that decides for you what you will see in your feed when you click on “Home” in the top right corner. There are little nudges that you can give Facebook (or, if you’re persistent, full-on shoves) that will change what you see in your daily feed.

I put this to good use during election season. If you know me well, you know I don’t talk about politics. However, many of my friends do. I would much rather see puppies and kitties in my Facebook Home feed.

If you see a post that is on a topic you don’t like, or from a page you don’t like, look for the little gray down arrow in the top right corner of the post. Then select “Hide Post,” or “Hide All from [the page].”

This works similarly for ads that you don’t want to see. Did you just buy a car, and now you’re sick of seeing car ads all the time, because Facebook remembers you were looking at cars? Just start hiding the ads for them.

WHY AM I SEEING THIS?

Clicking on the “Why am I seeing this?” link will give you an idea of why an add targeted you. It could be your age (gulp). It could be where you live. It could even be the type of browser you are using.

If you’ve hidden a certain type of post or ad from your Facebook Home feed, I’d love to hear what you hid. Drop a comment below and tell us all about it! (If it’s personal, and embarrassing, then I definitely want to hear! lol) 😀

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About Susan Pitman

Susan is an artist who grew up in Massachusetts and now lives in Texas. She writes songs, short stories, and books. You can follow @susanpitman143 on Twitter.

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