Facebook does it again! First, it was adding ads to your timeline, next it was posting articles and updates based on what your friends were doing.
Now, Facebook is hijacking your timeline and inserting “Trending Articles”. While I’m not positive about the source, it’s likely that Facebook monitors the articles/blog posts that your friends are clicking on and sharing and then presumes that you’ll want to see them too.
Facebook inserts these trending articles to your timeline, presumably because your friends or family are sharing them.
Personally, I want Facebook to stay the heck out of my timeline.
So, in the spirit of reserving my timeline for my friends and family I did some testing and came up with a few steps that should remove these “Trending Articles” from my timeline. Give them a try and see if they work for you.
NOTE: Before you start, realize that the steps I’m detailing will block a series of apps and is a bit of a manual process.
I get that…but right now, I haven’t found a better way.
Also, each app that you block may impact other areas of functionality. For instance, if you use Spotify or Yahoo! News from within Facebook, blocking these apps to stop them from posting to your Trending Articles might also cause them to not work in other areas of Facebook. So…be cautious and evaluate whether you want to actually disable each app before you do it.
Ok…let’s get to it. To disable the apps that are posting to your Trending Articles, do this:
1) Log in to Facebook (yes…I actually typed that, but you’d be surprised how many people skip this step).
2) In the top right, drop down the triangle and choose Privacy Settings from the menu.
3) Next, scroll down and choose Blocked People and Apps
4) Type the name of the app that was posting to your timeline and you’ll see the app and any related apps. Just click it and it will be added to the list of apps that now are not allowed to interact with your Facebook account.
5) As you see apps post to your account, simply block them…which should cut down on the clutter in your Timeline.
I know it’s kind of a pain to have to manually block these apps, but Facebook it constantly trying to “bring your timeline to life”, meaning that they are going to continue to push apps to your timeline that they think are important to you.
For a list of all the Timeline Apps that Facebook has in it’s annoying toolbox, you can go here:
In the meantime, keep fighting the good fight and don’t let Facebook butt into your conversations with friends and family.
Have a better way to do this? I’d love to hear it in a comment!
Update: For those who are a little more tech savvy and don’t mind installing browser add-ons, there is an add-on/plugin that you can install called FB Purity that will “cleanse” your Facebook timeline. If you’re a little more daring…you can check out the details here:
Sunday 5th of June 2016
hmm, they seem to have moved it. https://www.facebook.com/settings?tab=blocking Also, if you click the drop down arrow on a post, you should be able to block the app right there.
Monday 24th of March 2014
Thank you for sharing your knowledge. I started getting real tired of this "trending", most of it not relevant to what i do anyway... but after reading your advice in how to change setttings i found things getting my info that i didnt know was on this :D
Friday 31st of January 2014
The new elephant in the room is the "trending topics" box, which Facebook don't provide a way to hide, but Facebook users hate, as evidenced by the furore in the Facebook help forums.
The addon you mentioned for hiding trending articles, FB Purity, also has an option for hiding the trending topics
My Facebook has never been cleaner since I installed it, it gets rid of other things as well as the trending topics, including ads, games, fb gifts, pokes, etc it even let's you disable autoplay videos, which is another thing I hate about Facebook.
Thanks for the recommendation, great blog!
Monday 27th of January 2014
I use and iMac and Safari and I don't see that drop down that you are referring to. And my privacy settings doesn't seem to have your selections.
Thursday 23rd of January 2014
http://www.fbpurity.com/news/f-b-purity-v8-7-0-features-hide-trending-box-hide-similar-to-box-plus-fixes/ firefox addon blocks it and simple to use!