I was recently asked about how to get rid of those (annoying!) Facebook ads that Facebook serves up on your personal page.
I thought this would be useful to share, so here goes!
First of all, sorry, but you really can’t remove them entirely. Facebook is free because you pay in other ways – namely by giving Facebook access to a lot of your information and through them selling that information to interested advertisers.
You are able to control to a certain extent what ads are shown to you by marking ones you don’t want to see as “uninteresting” or “spam”.
And in some cases the ads aren’t from Facebook, but are “adware” – which would’ve come from add-ons or toolbars you enabled for your browser or plugins that promised special browsing abilities (ie. seeing who viewed your timeline). More on removing adware from Facebook.
Other than that, I’m sorry, but you’re probably stuck with it. The silver lining is that if you chose to advertise you could purchase ads in other people’s newsfeeds!
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