Don't want political ads in your Facebook or Instagram feed? Turn them off now

You can shut off Facebook and Instagram ads related to social issues, elections or politics ahead of the November presidential election.

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Facebook's doing something new by letting you choose not to see certain Election 2020 ads and more.

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Seeing ads in your  Facebook  and  Instagram  feeds comes with the territory of using the social networks. But Facebook now lets you turn off all political ads on both sites and apps ahead of the 2020 US election

The feature -- first announced earlier this year -- started rolling out to all US Facebook users in June, according to a blog post from the company. You can now prevent all social issue, electoral or political ads from candidates, Super PACs or other organizations that have the "Paid for by" political disclaimer on them from populating your stream. 

The optional feature is part of Facebook's wider efforts around voting, including a new voter center that gives people information about how and when to vote, voter registration, voting by mail and early voting. 

There are two different ways to turn off political ads on Facebook and Instagram. Here's how to do it.

How to turn off political ads on Facebook


To preemptively turn off political ads before you see them, on the Facebook app or website, go to Settings & Privacy > Settings > Ads > Ad Preferences. Tap Ad Topics > Social issues, elections or politics, and tap See fewer ads about this topic

Or, if you scroll past a political ad on the app, there should be a tag that says Confirmed Organization in the top-right corner of the ad. 

Tap that tag, and a window will pop up at the bottom of the screen, where you can choose from three options: "Who paid for this ad?" "Why am I seeing this?" Or "See fewer ads about this topic." 

Tap See fewer ads about this topic. In the new window that pops up, tap to confirm that you want to see fewer ads about social issues, elections and politics in the future.

How to turn off political ads on Instagram

The process is similar for turning off political ads on the Facebook-owned Instagram: You can go into your account settings and ad topics and select See fewer ads about social issues, elections and politics. 

Or, if you scroll past a political ad, you can tap where it says Paid for by and tap See fewer ads like this

While the new options rolled out in the US to start, Facebook is planning to make this feature available to countries where the platform has enforcement on ads about social issues, elections and politics in the fall, the social network said.