Updated: How To Remove the Yahoo! News, Washington Post, SocialCam or Spotify Notifications From Your Facebook Ticker

Updated 05/13/12

Luckily, Facebook has made it easier for us to remove application updates like those from SocialCam, Yahoo! News, Pinterest, Washington Post, or SocialCam from our news feeds. For each application, there is now a dropdown in the upper-right corner that allows us to block any updates from that app. For instance, in the example below, I can choose the last option and ensure that I never see an update from SocialCam app again.

Facebook now provides a setting that allows you to easily block apps like Yahoo! News, Washington Post, Spotify, and SocialCam

If this still doesn’t work, be sure to try removing the application from your Facebook permission settings. To do this:

  1. Log in to Facebook
  2. Choose the dropdown in the upper right corner of the menu bar, next to home and choose “Account Settings”
  3. In the Account Settings dialog, choose Apps
  4. In the Apps dialog, choose to remove the app by clicking the ‘x’ at the far right of the application.

Hope these help!

Cheers!

–Sean

Original article posted 11/15/11

I’ve been asked this question more than a few times, so I thought I’d pass it along here. If you hate that apps like Yahoo! News, Spotify, and the Washington Post are pushing articles into your Facebook timeline, there is a quick way to get rid of them. Within your timeline each app gives you the opportunity to hide a specific story, but doesn’t give you the chance to hide everything from Yahoo! News, the Post or Spotify.

To do that:

1) Log in to Facebook

2) Visit the application page for the app that is annoying you:

3) On the left side of the page, click Block App.

4) Click Okay to confirm the block.

You can block the Yahoo application to stop it from showing articles in your timeline

Blocking Yahoo News will keep it from showing news articles in your timeline

From now on, the Yahoo! News,  Spotify or Washington Post apps will no longer show in your news feed. The same holds true for any app like Farmville.

Hope that helps! Have any annoying apps that you’d like me to add to the list? Let me know and I’ll create a link that you can easily use to block the app.

–Sean

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  2. THANK YOU SOOO MUCH!

  3. If people would turn off the posts in the applications people wouldn’t be annoyed by them. I did. I only post what I want to share, not everything I listen to. If people had any kind of courtesy they would do the same. It’s amazing how many people don’t bother to look at the preferences in an app when they install it.

  4. This was fantastic. Thank you so much for the detailed and picture-filled instructions!

    I too felt violated by having my read articles show up on my wall!

    Thanks again!

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  6. Recently, I can’t seem to block any app. I search for the app page, or even click a direct url to an app page, and it’s redirected to the app’s request for permission page. If I click “don’t allow” my only other option is “leave app”. At no point can I get to the app page to click the block app link.

    I suspect they are doing this on purpose.

    • Noah, I’m having the same problem and expect the same cause. They want to make it as hard as possible for us to get away from them. Gotta love big business. Or despise it.

      • Note that currently (May 2012) these apps can now be blocked by clicking the X or the little down arrow in the top right corner of any post in your stream – you should see an option to block all posts for the app, so no need to go to the app page any more.

        • I was having the same problem, and was also experiencing difficulty with the drop down function..ergo, no little “x” or drop down appeared, no matter how mad my hovering skilz.

          My solution was to go to the drop down beside my “HOME” button and select Privacy Settings, click on Apps and list the application manually in my blocked apps listing. The drop down there worked perfectly, and I am now (FINALLY!!!!!) socialcam FREE.

  7. When I click on the yahoo apps links it redirects me to the yahoo web page. If I click cancel on the redirect then it goes to my home page. It wont let me get to the yahoo app page so I can’t block it. FB added a trending articles feature to my feed, not my friends doing it, and the only option is to block yahoo but I can’t.

  8. this didn’t work for me. The links to Yahoo show another link for “go to app” but that link just goes to Yahoo.com. I never see an option to block!

    The link for Washington Post app asks me to accept the Washington Post app, but that is the opposite of what I’m trying to accomplish!

    I am not a subscriber of yahoo or WP, but want to eliminate them both from my timeline!!!!!

  9. Stephanie says:

    I am having the same problem as Jason with yahoo. Is there an updated link?

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    How do I remove / block those annoying adds on my facebook page? I do not have, or want, google chrome.

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