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Now You Can Hide Your Facebook Mobile Ads

By May 3, 2013March 6th, 2023Technology News

The recent rise in complaints about the number of ads Facebook is forcing upon users that use their mobile app has forced the company to respond. The solution? Now you can simply hide the ads you see.

Although not all ads are included in this new feature, many types of ads are. iOS, Android, and the mobile Web version of Facebook now allow you to click in the corner of an ad and simply “hide” it if it’s in your way. The desktop version of this feature has been available for almost half a year now, though Facebook notes that many people “don’t bother” to hide the ads in the first place. It’s even easier on the desktop version – simply click the “x” in the corner.

But this is just the beginning of the solution to “annoying Facebook ads.” Within the next month or so, Facebook plans to start offering the “x” out button not only for those ads on the newsfeed, but for those that try to get people to install more apps and for those ads that tell you that your friend has “liked” a page.

These features are going to find themselves on the iOS platform first with Android and the mobile Web following a few weeks later.

Facebook says it’s about giving people control over what they get to see on their feeds, and these new features are even more important because of the waning body of people who appreciate and use Facebook on a consistent basis. Targeting has become one of the main goals of the social media company, hence the announcement about “custom audiences” that should lower the number of “x-out” rates the site experiences by a significant amount.

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Jason Manteiga

Jason J. Manteiga, Vice President of Olmec Systems, has been part of the company for over the past 20 years. He believes that having a great work environment and supportive team, is the ultimate key to success. Since being in the IT realm for over 25 years, Jason, along with Olmec Systems, has been on the Inc. 5000 “List of America’s Fastest Growing Private Companies” and Channel Futures MSP 501 “Top Managed Service Providers in North America,” along with other awards and nominations. Jason earned his Bachelor Degree in Information Systems from the New Jersey Institute of Technology. He also holds certifications in Microsoft MCSE, VMWare VCP, and Cisco CCNA. In his spare time, Jason is a contributor for The Center for Social & Legal Research (Privacy Exchange) and a member of the Morris County Chamber of Commerce. His hobbies include cycling and kayaking. He currently lives in New Jersey with his wife, two daughters and son.