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Facebook Blocker Extension, Block Facebook Scripts

Most weblogs and a lot of other websites have started to use Facebook scripts on their Internet pages.

The most prominent script is Facebook Like, which displays a like button and the "likes" on the web page. Likes are basically votes for that page by Facebook users.

There are other Facebook scripts, like recommendations for instance, or the dreaded Facebook wall of profile photos that can appear on websites as well.

Update: Facebook Blocker has not been updated since 2011. The project appears dead, and you may run into issues installing the extension, or using it. We suggest you use an up to date extension like uBlock Origin instead, and install the social media list for it once you have installed it to benefit from similar functionality.

Facebook Blocker

Facebook Blocker is a web browser extension that blocks those Facebook plugins and scripts from being loaded on third party websites. The scripts will still work fine on Facebook. Scripts that are integrated directly and by the use of iFrames are blocked. A positive side effect is that it will also block Facebook from tracking the browsing history much like tracking cookies do. (It needs to be noted that it is not entirely clear if and how Facebook tracks users through their scripts)

Facebook Connect, which is a service by Facebook to offer sign-in to services using their Facebook account, will continue to work on third party sites as well.

The Facebook Blocker extension removes the Facebook script from the website so that it is not executed or visible anymore. This is an automated process. The user basically needs to install the extension and keep it activated for as long as Facebook content's should be blocked in the web browser.

Facebook Blocker is available for Google Chrome, Safari and Mozilla Firefox. Downloads are provided directly on the project homepage over at Webgraph.

Users may also experience that sites who have implemented Facebook scripts load considerably faster after the installation of the extension. This can be attributed to the fact that less items need to be downloaded to render the page.

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  1. Heinrich said on December 13, 2010 at 5:58 pm
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    Cool!
    I strongly dislike Facebook so this is a very useful extension for everyone like me.

    1. Heinrich said on December 13, 2010 at 7:12 pm
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      Will it block the ” f | Share ” button on this page? :)

      1. Martin said on December 13, 2010 at 7:34 pm
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        yes

    2. Visitor said on December 14, 2010 at 5:34 am
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      This extension hides Facebook content after loading the page and you have to wait a few seconds. So if you never use Facebook, just try adding the following line to your %SystemRoot%\system32\drivers\etc\hosts:
      127.0.0.1 http://www.facebook.com

      1. Visitor said on December 14, 2010 at 5:38 am
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        Of course, without “http://” prefix. It was added automatically to my comment.

  2. Jojo said on December 13, 2010 at 11:34 pm
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    I’ve been running something similar that I found in the NoScript forum:

    In the Options|ADvanced|ABE|User section, add:

    # This one allows Facebook scripts and objects to be included only
    # from Facebook pages
    Site .facebook.com .fbcdn.net
    Accept from .facebook.com .fbcdn.net
    Deny INCLUSION(SCRIPT, OBJ, SUBDOC)

    I haven’t checked lately if this needs to be updated due to FB changes.

    1. Martin said on December 13, 2010 at 11:40 pm
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      Jojo is it affecting Facebook Connect on third party sites as well?

      1. Jojo said on December 13, 2010 at 11:59 pm
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        It is supposed to. What would I look for to verify?

      2. Martin said on December 14, 2010 at 12:06 am
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        Well Facebook Connect is used to use Facebook accounts to log into third party websites or use Facebook user information on their sites. You can see it on sites like Techcrunch for instance http://techcrunch.com/2010/12/13/google-zetawire/#disqus_thread

      3. Jojo said on December 14, 2010 at 4:41 am
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        I checked your link and I do see a “F Connect” link. After enabling “facebook.net” scripts, I tried clicking on that button. THis took me to a pop-up window that showed:

        =============
        Facebook Login

        Log in to use your Facebook account with TechCrunch Disqus.
        =============

        So it looks like this code is not working? There is some more detail on NoScript ABE and that facebook script here:

        http://noscript.net/abe/

  3. Thomas said on December 14, 2010 at 9:54 am
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    Yeah, I was searching for this since a while. Browsed already through userscripts and was wondering why there is no such script. Will try it out immediately.

  4. mona said on February 4, 2011 at 9:28 am
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    I am using facebook blocker application called FBBlock http:www.fbblocker.com to prevent my daughter playing and chatting with unknown people while we were working.
    It works fine till now.

  5. qq said on March 9, 2011 at 1:10 pm
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    I don’t like extensions which are not published in firefox oficial addons page!

    1. Petee said on April 10, 2011 at 1:01 pm
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  6. Hank said on January 16, 2017 at 7:53 pm
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    Is this dead, or still being updated?
    Mac Firefox 50.1.0 cannot install because it hasn’t been verified??

    1. Martin Brinkmann said on January 16, 2017 at 8:54 pm
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      Hank, the extensions have been updated in 2011 the last time. The project appears dead. You can use something like uBlock Origin with the social media list added to it.

      https://addons.mozilla.org/en-us/firefox/addon/ublock-origin/

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