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You Can Now Turn Off All Political Ads on Facebook

Dave Parrack 20-06-2020

Ahead of the 2020 United States presidential election, Facebook is launching a new Voting Information Center. This is an effort to inform people about the election, including guidance on registering to vote and how, when, and where to vote on the big day.

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However, in conjunction with this effort to inform and educate, Facebook is also giving people the option to turn off all political ads. So if you already know who you’re voting for, you can choose to never again see another political ad on Facebook.

Facebook Reveals Its Plans for the 2020 US Election

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced the Voting Information Center in an op-ed for USA Today. He spells out Facebook’s three point plan in the run-up to this year’s election. Which is encouraging people to vote, preventing interference, and fostering free speech.

And in a post on the Facebook Newsroom, Naomi Gleit reveals that you can “turn off all social issue, electoral or political ads from candidates, Super PACs or other organizations that have the ‘Paid for by’ political disclaimer on them.” And here’s how to do that…

How to Turn Off All Political Ads on Facebook

To turn off all political ads on Facebook:

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  1. Open the menu in the top-right corner.
  2. Click Settings & Privacy > Settings.
  3. Scroll down to Ads > Ad Preferences.
  4. Click Hide Ad Topics.
  5. Click Social Issues, Election or Politics.
  6. Select See Fewer Ads About This Topics.

You can also turn off political advertising from an individual advert. When you see an ad with the “Paid for by” political disclaimer attached, click on the information bubble and select “See Fewer Ads About This Topic”. This is quicker, but relies on you seeing an ad first.

The option to turn off political ads on Facebook is rolling out to everyone in the US over the next few weeks. So if you can’t yet see “Social Issues, Election or Politics” under “Hide Ad Topics,” you’ll have to put up with political ads for a little longer.

How Facebook Data Can Be Used to Win Elections

On paper, these efforts to educate and inform users are good news for anyone who values democracy. However, Facebook doesn’t have a good track record in this regard, as you can see in our exposé looking at how Facebook data can be used to win elections How Your Data on Facebook Is Collected and Used to Win Elections Can Facebook influence elections? How can you stop your Facebook data being harvested and manipulated by political campaigns? Read More .

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  1. Harlan
    July 6, 2020 at 10:32 am

    Scroll down to Ads > Ad Preferences. This choice does not exist on my Page.

  2. Charles
    July 5, 2020 at 9:47 am

    Now if they could give us a way to turn off the posts filled with political and racist rhetoric.

  3. Mary Cay
    July 4, 2020 at 3:13 pm

    I just tried to do this on Facebook. Unfortunately I did not have the option to select the catagory of social issues. Good idea if Facebook steps up and let's you do this. Otherwise I am off social media until after the election!!!

  4. dragonmouth
    June 22, 2020 at 4:34 pm

    "You Can Now Turn Off All Political Ads on Facebook "
    Big, Fat, Hairy Deal!

    I turned all the Internet Influencers and the purveyors of "real facts" off a long time ago by not having any social media accounts.

  5. Cliff W
    June 22, 2020 at 4:13 pm

    No such menus for me either, doesn't work

    • Dave Parrack
      June 22, 2020 at 10:38 pm

      Patience:

      "The option to turn off political ads on Facebook is rolling out to everyone in the US over the next few weeks. So if you can’t yet see “Social Issues, Election or Politics” under “Hide Ad Topics,” you’ll have to put up with political ads for a little longer."

  6. Miriam Robbins
    June 21, 2020 at 1:20 am

    Unfortunately, Social Issues, Election, or Politics are not topics available for me under Hide Ad Topics, on either my phone or my PC. Instead I can only see Alcohol, Parenting, and Pets.

    • Winn
      June 21, 2020 at 2:59 pm

      Same here.

    • Dave Parrack
      June 22, 2020 at 10:38 pm

      Not yet, but give it time.

      "The option to turn off political ads on Facebook is rolling out to everyone in the US over the next few weeks. So if you can’t yet see “Social Issues, Election or Politics” under “Hide Ad Topics,” you’ll have to put up with political ads for a little longer."

      • georgia Kaepp
        July 4, 2020 at 5:05 pm

        "rolling out in the US over the next few weeks..." Probably right after the elections.

      • Charles Buzzard
        July 5, 2020 at 12:56 am

        Your announcement was premature, dude. Don't say you're gonna do it, DO IT.