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Ad blocker users figures out a way to get around Facebook's ban


BusinessInsider reports that tt took just two days for ad blocker users to figure out a workaround to Facebook's move to prevent ad blocking software from working on its desktop website.

Facebook announced Tuesday it had updated its tech to serve ads to all desktop users, even those that have ad blocking software switched on. Simultaneously, the company also updated its ad preferences tool to give users more control about the types of ads they see on the site.

But, for now at least, there's a way for ad blockers to continue to block ads on Facebook.

Popular ad blocker Adblock Plus noted on its blog on Thursday that a new filter has been added to the popular list most ad blocking extensions use, EasyList. The lists tell the ad blockers which types of ads they should and should not block.

The update includes a piece of code that will tell the ad blocker to continue blocking ads on Facebook.com.

The updated filter is in Adblock’s main filterlist, which was updated earlier today. Here’s how to force and update:

On Chrome:
  1. Click the menu button > Tools > Extensions
  2. Find Adblock and click “Options”
  3. Click “Update Now”
On Firefox
  1. Click Firefox > Add-ons (or Tools > Add-ons on Mac/Linux)
  2. Click Extensions and find Adblock
  3. Click Options and then “Filter Preferences”
  4. Click “Update Filters”
Or if you want to manually add the filter, just add this into Adblock:

facebook.com##DIV[id^=”substream_”] ._5jmm[data-dedupekey][data-cursor][data-xt][data-xt-vimpr=”1"][data-ftr=”1"][data-fte=”1"]

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