Facebook News Feed Too Cluttered? How to Reduce Posts from Companies

Declutter Your Facebook News Feed So You Don't Miss Your Friends' Posts

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Want to See More of Your Friends on Facebook? Here's What You Need to Do. Yuki Kondo/Getty Images

Want to See More Posts from Your Friends on Your Facebook Feed?

If you enter Facebook sweepstakes, take quizzes, or otherwise interact with companies on social media, your Facebook news feed will become cluttered over time with marketing posts.

While some of these posts will be interesting, offering valuable coupons or new chances to win prizes, some of them will just take up your time for nothing. If you don't declutter these posts regularly, you'll end up missing the posts you really want to read.

Like removing unwanted Facebook apps, decluttering your news feed regularly will make Facebook easier to use.

Luckily, it's easy to control which posts show up on in your news feed. Here are two easy ways to prevent companies' posts from appearing on your Facebook wall.

Unlike the Company to Keep Their Posts Off Your Facebook Wall

If you are not interested in seeing any posts from a company, you can "unlike" their page. This will prevent their posts from appearing on your Facebook news feed altogether. Plus, some Facebook ads are targeted to people who like certain pages, and companies can even market to your friends based on the pages you like. "Unliking" a page will stop ads that target people who like that company.

Here's how to unlike a company's page on Facebook:

  • Visit the company's Facebook page (you can do this by clicking on the company's name in a post that appears on your news feed) and hover your mouse over the "Liked" icon. The first option in the drop-down box that appears should be to "Unlike this Page".

    If a company's posts are showing up on your news feed because you entered one of their giveaways, however, you should wait until the sweepstakes you entered has ended before you stop following their page. Although it's less common now that Facebook banned like-gating, some Facebook sweepstakes require that you like the company's page to be eligible to win.

    Liking the company will also make it easier to contact you if you're a winner. It's harder to overlook direct messages from companies you've liked, and you won't want to miss a post that announces the winner.

    Hide the Company's Posts on Your Facebook Wall

    If you don't want to unlike the page or risk disqualifying yourself from winning, you can simply hide the posts on your Facebook wall so that you and your friends won't see them. To hide posts:

    • On the right-hand side of any company's post on your Facebook news feed, you'll see a light gray arrow pointing down. Click on that arrow, then select the option to "Hide All by [Company]."

    The company's posts will no longer appear on your news feed, although you will are still officially a fan of the page.

    This can be a disadvantage for sweepstakes fans, however: some companies announce their winners publicly through Facebook posts, or provide a link to a website that lists the winners' names. If you don't want to take the chance of missing a prize notification, wait until after the giveaway has expired to hide the company's posts.

    You Can Remove Multiple Facebook Pages at One Time

    If you have too many unwanted company posts appearing on your news feed to remove them one at a time, you can also unlike multiple pages at once.

    Read "How to Easily Remove Multiple Facebook Pages" for a step-by-step how-to guide.

    Why You Might Not Want to Remove Sweepstakes Sponsors from Your Facebook Wall

    If you're genuinely not interested in a sponsor's posts, or if you're just feeling overwhelmed by all the messages, feel free to use one of the methods above to prevent the posts from appearing on your Facebook wall. But remember that these updates can include news about new sweepstakes to enter, discounts, coupons, and other interesting tidbits, which you'll miss out on if you remove the posts.