How to Turn Off Political Ads on Facebook and Instagram

Tired of seeing political ads on Facebook and Instagram? Unless Facebook decides to ban them, you’re about to see a lot more as the November 2020 election gets closer. Thankfully, there is a way to prevent these kinds of ads from popping up on your feed. Both Facebook and Instagram allows you to turn off political ads, either by blocking them as they appear or by going directly to your ad settings. Here’s what you can do.

You can hide an individual ad, as well as all future political ads, via the Facebook app or website. The process is the same for both, but we’ll use the app for the examples below.

If you’re on Facebook and find a political ad you no longer want to see on your timeline, click the ellipsis icon in the upper right of the ad. From the list of options, tap Hide ad. You are then asked to identify why you want to hide the ad. Depending on the type of ad, you can choose from such reasons as sensitive topic, irrelevant, misleading or scam, offensive, spam, false news, or other. Pick the reason and tap Done.

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