How To Block All Facebook Widgets & Buttons Throughout The Web

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block facebook   How To Block All Facebook Widgets & Buttons Throughout The WebThere may be actually more than one reason for you to want to block Facebook widgets you see on almost any webpage you land on:

First, you are concerned about your privacy and don’t want Facebook to personalize your browsing or to give away your information to third-party sites. In this case, besides using the tools listed below, don’t forget to edit your privacy settings (to be on the safe side): navigate Account -> Privacy Settings -> Edit Your Settings (below Applications and Websites) -> Edit settings (Next to Instant personalization).


Secondly, you are not on Facebook and/or you are just fed up with seeing the Facebook buttons and widgets around the web and you want to de-clutter your experience. Like ad banners, social media widgets have become a major annoyance to many surfers: for example, they may slow down the performance and result in a slower browsing and longer waiting.

As a website owner, I do understand why we would want to get better connected to our readers through various social media channels, but I do accept the point of those who don’t want to see the widgets all over the web.

So here are a few ways you can block the Facebook widgets in case you want to:

FireFox

Facebook Blocker is an experimental FireFox addon that stops Facebook social plugins (including those within iFrames) from running on sites other than Facebook itself. This includes ‘Like’ buttons, ‘Recommended’ lists, widgets, etc.

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Note: sites that use Facebook Connect for sign in purposes will continue to work as previously

While it did seem to work as described for me (as you can see from the screenshot below, it even blocked the “Causes” widget), it strangely kept one of Facebook buttons below the post (others were gone). I wasn’t able to tell why.

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Google Chrome

1. Facebook Disconnect

Facebook Disconnect is a Google Chrome extension that “turns off the flow of your data” to third parties by blocking all traffic from third-party sites to Facebook servers. The extension won’t prevent you from using Facebook from its own interface though.

Facebook Disconnect works by injecting JavaScript into every page you land on to disable the component Facebook links. Note that the extension only removes integrated components (those widgets and buttons that send your data back to Facebook) – simple HTML links will naturally be kept.

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2. WidgetBlock

If Facebook is not the only annoyance you come across on the web, consider WidgetBlock for Google Chrome that removes all major social widgets from pages your browse to including Facebook, Twitter, Google Buzz, Disqus, etc.

This considerably enhances your browsing experience as it speeds up the web and you are likely to notice web pages load much faster.

WidgetBlock disables the Widgets by preventing them being requested from the server in the same way the popular AdBlock works (By the way, AdBlock can be used to block any social media widgets as well. You just need to play around with it a bit).

WidgetBlock has very handy options that allow to enable or disable blocking of any supported widget.

(Note: there are more supported widgets than those you see on the screenshot – the list is too large to make it to one image):

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Disclaimer: I have played around with the tools above but I am not currently using any because I still “like” things on Facebook (shame on me) – what about you?

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Ashfaq

Nice article. But what is this on the last line “Facebook (shame on me)” . Do you hate facebook

Ann Smarty

Not at all. Given the topic of the article, that was an attempt to joke: it is a bit weird to review tools disabling the feature while still actively using that feature :)

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Donna

I use a Mac and don’t want to add Chrome or change to Firefox. Isn’t there a another way?

Ann Smarty

I am not aware of similar extensions for other browsers. Anyone?

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spectre

Is it just me, or has the frequency of new articles on makeuseof really dropped lately?

Ann Smarty

No, actually we post as often as we used to.

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Justan Oldfart

If you don’t like Facebook Cra_ola just discombobulate it and quit using it.

Ann Smarty

You may use it or not, but you’ll still see those widgets and buttons throughout the web.

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Jonathan

quite ironic that at the end of the article there is a facebook share button and 81 people have shared it!

Ann Smarty

Like I said in the post, these tips are not for everyone. People just need to have a choice. I for one do use the buttons and have no reason to hide them thus

Aibek

yup :-)

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John Morrison

I think anyone using these tools will be sorry in the
long run. Facebook integration is going to become as
ubiquitous as JavaScript. Have you tried browsing the
web with JavaScript disabled these days?

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John Morrison

I think anyone using these tools will be sorry in the
long run. Facebook integration is going to become as
ubiquitous as JavaScript. Have you tried browsing the
web with JavaScript disabled these days?

Ann Smarty

I don’t see how Facebook widgets could become as essential as JavaScript in general, sorry. Nowadays we can still do even without Google :)

sploosh

Yes, almost as sorry as those that would sooner give up their privacy because it’s the “in” thing to do.
And yes, I have browsed the web with Javascript disabled. For any serious work, ie: banking, email, there’s no problem.

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sploosh

Yes, almost as sorry as those that would sooner give up their privacy because it’s the “in” thing to do.
And yes, I have browsed the web with Javascript disabled. For any serious work, ie: banking, email, there’s no problem.

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