FB Purity Frequently Asked Questions / Help

If you are having problems getting FB Purity to work, please read and follow *all* the steps in the Troubleshooting Guide.

If you want to uninstall FB Purity, click here for full instructions on how to remove/uninstall FB Purity

What is FB Purity?

Fluff Busting (FB) Purity is a web browser add-on that helps you to take control of your Facebook experience. It does this by letting you filter out the spam, such as ads, quizzes and games etc, and also the messages such as "Person X likes Page Y", "Person X joined Group Y", "Person X became friends with Person Y", "Person X is attending Event Y". See the FB Purity features page for the full list of what FBP can do.

How much does FB Purity cost?

FB Purity is donationware, which means if you like the script / extension and it helps you out and you appreciate and respect the hard work put into this, you can thank me by making a donation.

Where Can I Download FB Purity?

You can download FB Purity here: Install FB Purity

Where can I find out the latest news about Fluff Busting (FB) Purity, including latest releases etc

If you want the latest news and information about the script beamed to your computer screen directly when its updated, "Like" the FB (Fluff Busting) Purity Fan Page, and I will keep you updated with news of the latest releases, bug fixes, tips and tricks etc. Though in order to make sure you get the updates, you should subscribe to the FB Purity News Interest List: that should make sure that posts from this page appear in your newsfeed.

Another option which makes it even more likely you will receive the news as it happens, as it actually gives you a notification whenever theres an important post about FB Purity. To enable notifications when I post an update, go to the FBP Fan Page and hover over the "Liked" button, then select "Get Notifications". Alternatively You might like to subscribe to the Fluff Busting Purity News RSS feed, Fluff Busting Purity News, you can also subscribe to the news feed via email. I will also be making update announcements on the offical FB Purity Twitter account. If you want instant notification of updates, you can subscribe to FB Purity updates via SMS on the FB Purity Twitter page.

*UPDATE* The latest version of FB Purity has a new built in notification system. When there is new news on the FBP Fan page, a small red notification box will be displayed under the FBP link at the top of the facebook page along with the number of new posts.

Clicking the notification will take you to the FBP fan page, and the notification will go away. Alternatively you can click the "X" to dismiss the notification.

These notifications are important as the FBP Fan page has news about new releases of FBP, and any big changes that Facebook makes to break features of FBP, and any changes to FBP, such as new features, bugs, workarounds etc. If you don't want to receive this information or don't like these built in FBP news notifications, you can turn them off via the FBP options screen.

What is a Web Browser extension (also known as an add-on)?

A web browser extension is a program that extends and enhances the functionality of your web browser (the program you use to browse the web), and gives you extra functionality and or customization options on websites that you visit.

What is Greasemonkey?

Greasemonkey is an add-on on for the Firefox web browser (and certain other browsers too), that lets you alter the way websites are displayed to you in your browser. The way it works is you download scripts (small sets of custom instructions) for the sites you want to alter, once installed the script changes the page in some useful way, perhaps changing the layout or adding new features to the site, or even removing features you don't like.

What Web Browsers are compatible with FB Purity?

FB Purity is compatible with Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Edge, Safari, Opera and Maxthon. It should also work with compatible browsers, for example Vivaldi, Slimjet and Avant Browser are compatible with Chrome, so the Chrome version of the extension should work with those browsers.

Is FB Purity available for Internet Explorer?

No, for the reasons why, see the following article: using Internet Explorer is a massive security risk, it uses a non standard javascript implementation and various other reasons. If you want further proof Internet Explorer is bad, check this worrying graph ;-). The browsers that FB Purity work with are Firefox, Chrome, Microsoft Edge, Opera and Safari. Why not try out a new web browser? You might just like it :) N.B if you are stuck with I.E due to workplace restrictions on installing software, you could try using a "portable" version of Firefox, Chrome or Opera, that runs from a USB memory stick.

*UPDATE* Microsoft have a new browser called "Microsoft Edge" that comes with the Windows 10 operating system. If your version of Windows 10 has the latest updates installed, your version of Edge now supports extensions. Get the FB Purity browser add-on/extension on Edge (Click link)

Can I Hide the "Trending" Topics box from the right hand side of the newsfeed?

FB Purity has a built in option for hiding the Trending Topics box, just tick the "Hide Trending Topics" option on the FBP options screen. Full instructions here.

What operating systems are compatible with FB Purity?

The operating system doesn't really matter, so it should work fine on Windows 10,8,7, Linux, MacOS, basically whichever operating systems will run the following web browsers: Firefox, Chrome, Opera, Safari and Maxthon will work fine with FB Purity. e.g Windows, Linux, Mac etc. Please note that FB Purity will not run on mobile / tablet browsers on Iphone or Android, or the IPad / Ipad2 / Ipad3 / IOS etc as they are not compatible.

How can i hide all posts in the newsfeed telling me what my friends have liked (& reacted to) or commented on?

FBP has filter options for most different story types that show up in the newsfeed. There are separate options to hide "likes" based on what the person has liked, e.g there are options to hide "liked photos", "liked videos", "liked status" etc, those options are under their respective title heading, so to hide "liked photos", open the "Photo Stories" section of the FBP options screen, etc. The same goes for hiding "comment" stories. A variation on this is the "liked this" and "commented on this" options, sometimes posts in the newsfeed have "liked this" or "commented on this" in the header of the post, where the type of post is not specified, so there are separate options for hiding those types of posts. P.S. If you are ever unsure of what an FBP option does, hover your mouse pointer over it, and it should present you with further information on that option. Please note if you tick the "hide liked" options they will also hide the equivalent "reacted to" type posts.

Can I prevent my likes and comments from showing up in other peoples newsfeeds?

No, unfortunately this is not possible, the only way to stop that completely is to stop liking and commenting on things.

Can I disable autoplay videos from playing automatically in the Facebook newsfeed?

To disable the autoplay of videos in the newsfeed, open the "Video Stories" section of the FBP options screen, and click the link that says "Click here to disable Autoplay". The link opens Facebook's settings page, where FBP will attempt to turn autoplay off. If it is not successful, you can manually change the setting on that page yourself. Or if that doesn't work, you can try this.

Can i stop videos from automatically looping?

No, theres no way to do this at present that I am aware of. Apparently facebook has started looping any videos under 30 seconds in length.

Can I stop Facebook automatically suggesting Tags / replacing what I am typing with Tagged People/Pages when writing comments / status messages?

Yes you can, tick the Hide "Auto Tag Suggestions" option on the FBP options screen, and it will stop Facebook replacing your text. With the option enabled, if you do wish to tag someone, type the "@" symbol, and it temporarily allows you to tag again. You may need to type a space after you finish typing your final word of your comment or status to stop Facebook automatically replacing your final word with a tag.

Can i hide newsfeed posts that say a friend was "mentioned" ot "tagged" in it?

Yes, just tick the corresponding newsfeed filtering options that have "tagged in" in the title

Will FB Purity be made available for the IPhone or Android or any other mobile devices?

Its a possibility for the future, but it will be an awful lot of work, and developing / maintaining and supporting the desktop version of FBP is already a crazy amount of work, and currently have no plans for a mobile version to announce at this time.

How do I access the FB Purity Options screen?

Once you have FB Purity installed, you can access the options screen by clicking the "FBP" or "FB Purity" links at the top of your facebook homepage (aka the newsfeed).

How can I hide the "News Ticker" bar? (the scrolling column of news in the right hand column)

Yes, just tick the option to hide "News Ticker" on the FBP settings screen and that will hide it. (Though facebook has a built in method for hiding it now, You can click the arrow at the top of the ticker to hide it)

How can I turn off / hide the Sponsored box and Sponsored Stories / Suggested Posts / More From / Related / Similar To Posts in the newsfeed (Adverts)?

Just tick the Hide Sponsored Box option on the FB Purity options screen, this will also hide the Suggested Posts, and other Sponsored stories in the newsfeed. This setting also hides the ads on the timeline pages too.

How can I edit / customise the list of games and applications that FB Purity hides?

Theres a guide to editing the FB Purity application whitelist here : FB Purity Whitelist Guide. Or if you want to turn off application filtering entiredly, just tick the "hide application stories" option in the fbp settings screen.

How can I hide posts that feature specific words or phrases? For example politics, sports, fashion, celebrities, Trump, Sanders, Cruz, Clinton, Kanye, Kardashians etc

FBP's Custom Text filter lets you hide posts in the newsfeed that feature words or phrases that you specify. You can read how to use this feature here: Custom Text Filter Guide

In the Custom Text filter, is it possible to hide whole words only, eg hide any mentions of "hat" but not words containing the letters "hat" such as "what" or "that" etc?

Yes, in order to do this you need to use some special Regular Expression syntax. In this case, you need to use the word boundary signifier "\b", you need to put it at the start and end of the whole word that you want to filter out. So in the case of this example you would put "\bhat\b" (without the quotes) into the Custom Text Filter box, and it should then only filter out any occurrences of the word "hat".

How can I edit / customise the list of "extras" that FB Purity hides?

Instructions on customising the "Extra" stories that get hidden are here: FB Purity Extras guide

Is it possible to use wildcard search patterns In the Custom Text filter?

Yes, it is possible, you need to use "Regular Expressions" syntax. Examples: If you wanted to match anything that occurs between the words "this" and "program" you would use the following "regex" "this .* program". If you wanted to hide any numeric variation of "added 12 photos to an album" you would use the following regular expression "added \d* photos to an album". Google "Regular Expressions" to learn more about the syntax.

Can I hide or minimise the "Viewing Most Recent" box that shows up when you have selected to view the newsfeed sorted by most recent?

Yes, FBP has an option to force Facebook to always show you the most Recent feed, and this option also minimises the "Viewing Most Recent" box at the top of your newsfeed. If you have this option enabled but you still see the Top Stories page, try reloading your page, as that should fix it.

How can I turn off (hide) the Suggestions (aka Recommended Pages, Find Friends, Get Connected, Connect with Friends, Find More Friends, People to subscribe to) box?

Just tick the Hide "Sponsored box" option on the FB Purity options screen.

Can I hide the newsfeed completely?

Yes! If you find the constant updates on the news feed a distraction and want the whole newsfeed gone, FBP has an option to do this, its under the "More Options" heading of the FBP options screen.

How can I hide the "People you may know" box on Facebook

Click for the guide to How to hide the People You may Know box on Facebook

Can I turn off the "Deleted Friend Alerts" that get shown when my friends delete me / unfriend from their friend lists?

Yes there is an option on the FBP options screen titled "Deleted Friend Alerts", un-ticking that option turns it off.

Is it possible to show a Deleted Friends Alert again if I accidentally dismiss it before reading it properly?

Yes, if you click the "F" key shortly after the popup screen has gone away, the Deleted Friends Alert should popup again, so you can read it properly, alternatively, if you check the left column of your newsfeed, there will be a "deleted friends alert" link, highlighted with a pink background, clicking the link will also re-play the alert. Deleted Friends Alerts are automatically cleared an hour after popping up.

The deleted friend alerts are showing incorrect results, why is that?

Deleted friend alerts can be triggered by friends de-activating their account, in this situation you have not actually been unfriended, but that person will no longer show up in your friends list while the account is deactivated. They will be back in your list when the account is re-activated. If you have a very large number of friends, you may see quite a few of these alerts, due to the number of your friends who may temporarily be deactivating their accounts regularly. If you do repeatedly see these alerts and don't want to see them any more, you can turn the "Deleted Friend Alerts" off via the FBP options screen. Other possible reasons, could be a Facebook glitch or browser malfunction. Deleted friend alerts can also be caused by a person converting their personal profile into a "Fan Page".

Can I hide the "New Stories" button that pops up on the newsfeed screen?

FB Purity has a built in option to hide this, its under the "More Options" heading, and titled (Hide) "New Stories Popup Button"

FBP has an option to hide popup notifications, but I am still seeing them with this option enabled, whats going on?

FBP's hide popup notifications option only works on the notifications that popup in the bottom left corner when you are actually on the Facebook website. The notifications that popup in the bottom right side of your browser whether you have facebook open or not cannot be blocked by FBP, you need to turn those off either in Facebook's Notifications settings page or in your browser itself. They are called "Push Notifications". To turn them off on Facebooks Notifications Settings screen, check out this screenshot that explains how to do it. To turn them off in Google Chrome, check out this screenshot that explains how to do it.

Can I use FB Purity to hide Facebook's Memories feature that digs up old posts and puts them in the newsfeed?

If you install the latest version of FBP, it has built in filtering options for hiding Memories posts ("Your Memories", and "Shared Memories" from the newsfeed, they are under the "Various Story Types" heading.

Facebook also has Memory Notifications that drop down from the Globe menu in the top nav bar. Facebook has a built in setting to turn the Memories Notifications off, go to On This Day then click the menu at the top right of the page to turn them off.

**Important, Please Note** FBP's filter is not infallible and some of the "Your Memories" posts might get through, but there is a solution, and that is to go to the On This Day page, click the Preferences button, then click the "Edit" link in the people section and add yourself to the people whose posts will be filtered out.

Can I hide comments that just consist of Tagged Names?

Yes, FB Purity gives you a keyboard shortcut "Z", which when pressed "Zaps" (temporarily hides) all name tag comments.

Can I hide the popups that appear when I hover my mouse over User names or Page names?

Yes, FBP has an option called Hide "Profile Hovercards". Tick that and it will stop those popups from showing up.

Facebook has started showing less links under the groups, interest lists and pages section in the left hand column, can FBP fix this?

No, thats not something that FBP can change. You can however go through the groups, pages, interest/friend lists that you want to see in the left column and click the "cogwheel" icon next to the group name and click "Add to favorites" that will put that link permanently in the left hand column.

Does FB Purity have or will it in the future have a functionality to disable the Photo Lightbox viewer / Theatre view Popup windows?

No. Facebook have changed the way the popup photo viewer works, and there is no way to disable it. If you press open the image in a new tab, then press the "Esc" key that should allow you to view the image without the popup.

How can I hide the list suggestions box on friends list pages?

You can do this with a little CSS code snippet that you can find on the FBP CSS Page

How can I hide the Facebook Chat box?

You can hide Facebook Chat box / interface using FBP (N.B. It doesn't log you out of chat or disable the chat, it just hides the interface) Simply tick the hide "Chat box" option on the FBP settings screen to hide it. Though facebook now has its own option to hide chat, you can access it via the cogwheel at the bottom of the chat sidebar.

Why is FB Purity hiding all my friends in Chat?

If you have FBP's "hide offline friends" option selected, when you first open the chat window, it will appear blank, this is because it takes a while for facebook to show whether or not your friends are online. After Facebook lists the online friends, which may take a few seconds after opening the chat box, FBP can filter out the offline ones correctly. **UPDATE**: It seems like Facebook has changed the code for this, so if all your friends are being hidden in chat, and you have the "hide offline friends" option turned on, turn it off.

How can I revert the bubble chat back to the simple old style chat interface?

FB Purity has an option to convert the new Bubble Chat back to the old style chat, just open the FBP options screen then tick the "hide Bubble Chat" option.

Can I hide the Offline or Mobile friends in Chat?

Yes you can hide both, FB Purity has 2 such options. 1 to hide offline friends, and the other hides offline and mobile friends in chat.

What happened to FB Purity's Hide Offline friends in chat option?

Facebook broke the functionality of it, which meant it was hiding all friends not just offline friends, I've now managed to fix it in the latest version of FBP. Re-install for the fixed version. Please note the new "Hide offline + Mobile friends" option only works if the Facebook language is set to English.

Facebook has started forcing us to use the small chat window at the bottom of the screen when sending messages, can I go back to the old method for sending messages?

FB Purity has an option called "Full Screen Chat" which when enabled, will let you open all chat messages in the full Screen messaging system (aka the Inbox) instead of opening the small chat tab windows at the bottom of the screen.

Can I stop group posts from showing up in my newsfeed?

Yes, just tick the Hide "Wrote on Timeline" (used to be called "Wrote on Wall") option. This hides posts to groups, posts to events, and user to user timeline posts from the newsfeed.

How can I hide YouTube videos from my news feeds?

FB Purity, has a built in filter for hiding YouTube videos. Its under the "Newsfeed Filters" / "Video Stories" section of the FBP options screen.

Why are YouTube videos or twitter posts or some other type of posts being hidden from my timeline / newsfeed?

If you have the hide "Apps & Games" option ticked (under the "Timeline Options" heading), it will hide any posts created by Facebook apps, so if your post was "via Twitter" or "via Youtube" or via some other app that signifies it was posted by a Facebook app, and that will cause it to be hidden on the Timeline (aka your profile page). FBP does not however hide your own app posts in the Newsfeed (this is a separate page to the Timeline though some people get them mixed up), no matter what setting you have chosen. Facebook has an algorithm to determine whether something you post yourself shows up in the Newsfeed or not, you can test this by disabling FBP and seeing if your post is showing in the newsfeed or not. If its not there when FBP is disabled, then its clearly not FBP hiding it.

How can I hide the "Similar to" / "Related Articles" and "More from" boxes that pop up after I like a post from a "Fan Page" in the newsfeed

If you have FB Purity's Hide Sponsored Box option ticked, along with the ads, FBP will also hide those popup boxes.

Can I hide the "Pages Feed", "Games Feed", "Likes Pages" or the "App Center", or any of the other Links in the left hand column?

Yes you can, FBP has built in options for hiding most of these links. Look for the "Hide Links in Left Column" section of the FBP options screen.

Can I hide the Recommended Games box in the right hand column?

Yes, ticking the "Hide Game / App Requests" option under the Hide Links in Right Hand Column heading, should also hide the Recommended Games box. Its also worth opening the chat sidebar options, by clicking the cogwheel icon at the bottom of the chat sidebar on the right hand side of your facebook page and turning on the "Hide Games" option there, as that should help hiding games in the right hand column too.

Can I hide the "Add friends to see more stories" box at the bottom of the newsfeed

You could hide it with Custom CSS if you can figure it out, though the code for these types of boxes tends to change quite regularly, also once its hidden with CSS you would in future be confused as to why no more posts are loading if the box is there but hidden, and you would most likely blame FBP for it. The best solution seems to to be just refresh the page, as it should, in theory, go away after refreshing the page.

Can I hide the seasonal/promotional image /greeting in the status update box / daily greeting in the newsfeed?

Tick the "Hide Nagging Questions" option located under the "Timeline Options" heading on the FBP options screen, and as well as hiding the nagging questions, it should also hide this.

Can Facebook uninstall FB Purity?

No they can't, its simply not possible. If you are using Firefox and you think FB Purity has been uninstalled, read this: Sometimes if you click a facebook link when in facebook and it opens in a new tab, FBP will not load in that tab, however if you notice FBP has not loaded, if you just refresh/reload the page, FBP will load ok again. This issue is caused by the GM script compiler I'musing that generates the Firefox extension, I have reported the bug to the author of the compiler and am waiting for him to fix it. a workaround is, if you want to open a facebook link in a new tab, to right click the link then select open in new tab, or else middle click the link if your mouse has 3 buttons. Another option is to use the Greasemonkey version of FB Purity instead of the extension version, as it should not have this bug. You can get that version from the Firefox section of the Install page of the FB Purity website. If you are not using Firefox, its possible that there is an error in FB Purity that is stopping it from loading. Please follow the troubleshooting guide below for information on how to report a bug.

FBP doesn't have an option to hide the "Pages and Public Figures" link in the left column, why is this?

This is because the link is different for each person, in order to hide it you need to use some Custom CSS, click for a short tutorial on how to use Custom CSS to hide elements on the page

Can I add Custom CSS rules to Facebook using FB Purity?

Yes, you can add Custom CSS rules, so you can style Facebook the way you like it, more info and lots of CSS examples here: Custom CSS

Can I filter out hashtags (hyperlinked words beginning with the "#" character) using the Custom Text Filter?

Sorry its not currently possible to filter out hashtags, due to a strange text encoding issue, which I'mlooking into. If you remove the hash from the filter, eg say you want to filter out the hashtag "#facebooksucks" you should currently just put the text "facebooksucks" without the hash in front of it and without the quotes, and it should filter ok.

Is it possible to turn off FBP's application / games filtering?

Yes, you can stop FBP from filtering game and application posts, to do this, untick the hide "Game + App Stories" checkbox on the FB Purity options screen.

Can I filter out "Spoilers" using FB Purity?

Yes, you can. One place spoilers may show up is in the "Trending" box, which shows up to the right of the Newsfeed. You can turn the Trending Box off by ticking the Hide Trending Box option. Another place spoilers may show up is in the Newsfeed itself, posted either by "Fan Pages" or your friends. You can filter out Spoilers in the newsfeed by adding the name of the Sporting Event or TV Show etc, that you don't want to know the latest happenings about until you actually watch it yourself, to the Custom Text Filter box. For example, say you didnt want to hear what happened in the latest episode of "Game of Thrones" you could put the text Game of Thrones into the Custom Text Filter box, and FB Purity will filter out any posts in the newsfeed that contain the text "Game of Thrones".

Why are my Games Feed and Apps and Games-Friend Activity feeds blank after installing FB Purity?

Its because by default FB Purity filters out all game and application posts. If you want to see those posts, you can turn off the application/game filtering, to do this, untick the hide "Game & App Stories" checkbox on the FB Purity options screen.

The "People you may know" box is not being hidden even though I have the FBP option to hide it ticked, what can I do?

Make sure you also tick the hide "Sponsored Box" option as well, as that should hide some of the "People you may know" boxes as well. However I have been receiving reports that even this may not stop the box. Facebook are currently trying to make it very difficult to block their annoyances. Stay tuned for more info.

Can I hide "Today's Birthdays" from showing up in my newsfeed?

Yes you can, simply put the text "Today's Birthdays" (without the surrounding double quotes) into FBP's Custom Text Filter box.

Can I hide posts that are just people wishing others Happy Birthday on their Timeline?

Yes you can, if you tick the "Hide Birthdays" option under the "Hide Right Column Links" heading on the FBP options screen, as well as hiding the birthdays section in the right hand column, it should also hide people wishing others happy birthday in the Newsfeed.

Can I hide people posting on other peoples Timelines / Page Timelines / Event and Group pages

Yes you can, click the "Status / Wall" heading on the FBP options screen, then tick the hide "Wrote on Timeline" option.

Can I hide the application links, such as "Music, Pokes, Questions, Games Feed, Pages Feed etc" under the "Apps and Games" heading in the left hand column of the homepage?

Yes, see the "Hide links in left hand columnn" section of the FB Purity Options screen, where you can choose to hide those links.

Is there an option to set "Most Recent" as the default news feed, in order to get your stories in chronological order, and hide the "top news" stories?

Yes FB Purity does have an option to let you force Facebook to sort your newsfeed by "Most Recent", which is necessary because Facebook seems to keep forgetting the users preference. The option is titled "News Sort : Most Recent" and its under the "Further Options" heading.

*Update* Even though with this option enabled FBP sends you to Facebook's Most Recent feed, Facebook are still showing the stories out of order, you should be able to fix this by ticking the "Hide commented on this" and "Hide liked this" options under the "Various Story Types" header on the FBP options screen. FB Purity also has a chronological sort function, that you can run if you see any posts that are not in the correct order, to activate the sort function, just press the "R" key on your keyboard while you are viewing the Newsfeed, and your feed should be re-sorted into correct Time order.

What can I do if after loading the newsfeed I am reading a post and the the "Sort Feed: Most Recent" option redirecs me to the Most Recent Feed?

If the newsfeed has just loaded and you are reading a post and then you get switched to the most recent feed before you have finished reading the post, its easy to go back and find the post again, just click the Newsfeed dropdown menu at the top left of the page, and select "Top Stories" and you will go back to the "Top Stories" feed, where you should see the post you were reading previously.

Is there any way of stopping Facebook from merging multiple posts from a specific user into one post in the Newsfeed? (e.g Friend X posted 12 updates)

Yes, click the "Newsfeed" link in the left column, then select "Friends Feed", in the Friends feed your friend's posts should appear separately.

Can I use FB Purity to filter out all foreign language posts from my newsfeed?

Yes, you can as long as the foreign language post has the "See Translation" link (or the equivalent in whichever language you have facebook set to, you can put the text See Translation into the Custom Text Filter box, and it will filter out all foreign language posts from your newsfeed.

Can I turn off Facebook's notification sounds?

Facebook has a built in option for turning off the notification sounds, you can access it here.

Can I stop Facebook automatically adding topics to my posts?

Facebook have not released this topics functionality to everyone yet, it seems its just being tested on a small group of people at present, and I don't have it on my account yet. There is currently no way to stop this behaviour.

Why is the left column / left panel of the newsfeed stuck/frozen?

FBP has an option for making the left hand nav bar stick where it is, so you can scroll the newsfeed but the left hand nav bar will stay where it is. This may cause a problem for people with smaller screens as some of the nav links will be off screen and you wont be able to see them, the way to remedy this is either to hide the links in the left column that you don't want to see, using the "Hide links in left column" options, to make the left hand column shorter, or else simply un-tick the "Freeze left column" option on the FBP options screen.

Why isn't the hide sponsored box option hiding the ads?

Check that you have the latest version of FBP installed, as Facebook often update the code for the ads section, which means FB Purity needs to be updated to hide the ads again, also check the FBP fan page for any news as the CSS of the page may have changed. If neither of those works, and the ads say "Ads not by facebook" or something similar, its possible that you have installed a sneaky program known as "Adware" or "Malware" that inserts adverts into web pages that you view. To get rid of the ads, you should run an Anti Malware scanner, such as Super AntiSpyware, or MalwareBytes Antimalware.

Why doesn't the hide Chat box feature work?

Facebook now has it's own built in option for hiding the Chat Interface. To access it you need to click the "cogwheel" button at the very bottom of the chat sidebar panel to open the chat options, one of those options is to hide the chat interface. Also, If you don't want the small chat tabs to open up at the bottom of your facebook screen whenever anyone sends you a message, you need to tick the "Full Screen Chat" option, under Chat options on the FBP options screen.

Can I disable or remove the poke feature of facebook

You cant disable it or remove the poke feature or stop people from poking you on facebook. You can delete invdividual pokes by clicking the "x" next to them, but if you do that it means that person can then poke you again. The best thing to do is to ignore the pokes, as if you don't poke back or delete the poke, that person cannot poke you again. The problem with this is Facebook do not give you a way to hide the poke box on the right hand side of the screen. Luckily FB Purity has an option to do this, look under the "Hide links in right hand column" section of the FBP options screen, for the hide Pokes option

Can I use FB Purity to remove / hide "Stickers" and "Emoticons" in chat / messaging?

Yes, FB Purity has an option to hide all emoticons and stickers on Facebook.

Can I hide the new Reactions bar that shows the different types of "like" but you can now click?

Yes, the latest version of FBP lets you do this, just tick the Hide "Reactions Bar" option

Can I Customize the Reaction Images on Facebook with FB Purity?

Yes you can, the latest version of FB Purity lets you set Custom Reaction Images, you can even use animated Reaction images, see the Customize Facebook Reaction Images Page for more info.

Can I hide the new "Reacted to" story types that are now showing in the Newsfeed.

Yes, the latest version of FBP lets you do this, just tick corresponding "Liked" option in the "Newsfeed Options" section of the FBP options screen, as "reactions" are just "fancy" likes.

Can I hide the "Links you may like" box in the newsfeed

Yes, just put the text Links you may like into FBP's Text Filter box, then click "Save and Close"

Can I hide "Check Ins", the "Check In" / "Travelling to/Travelled to" Stories that show with little maps from the newsfeed with FBP?

Yes, Tick the Hide "Changed Location" option, under the "Various Story Types" heading on the FBP options screen.

How can I get rid of the Scoreboard showing sports team scores in the right hand column?

The scoreboard should have an "X" on it, clicking it should hide or minimise the scoreboard.

Why do some elements of the page (such as graphs on "Page Insights") become hidden when I set the background colour in the fbp options?

If you set the background colour to be slightly transparent, using the following CSS colour function "rgba(225,0,0,0.5)" (without the quotes) in place of a colour name, in the background colour box, the elements should no longer be hidden. the way the colour function works is the first 3 numbers are the red, green and blue components, and the last number is the transparency value, which has a range from zero to one, 0 being completely transparent and 1 being completely solid.

How can I set a background image for Facebook?

The easiest way to do this, is to go to any image on Facebook (or upload the image you want to use to Facebook) then look for the "Set Image as Background" link (it will either be under the photo or to the right of it, depending on which image viewing mode you are in) and click it. To remove a background image, just open the FBP options screen and un-tick the "Set" box next to the background image option, then click "Save & Close".

If I set a background image with FB Purity, or change the colours or fonts can other people view it too when they visit my profile/timeline page?

No, FBP only affects what you see in your own web browser.

What should I do if I accidentally set the background colour and the font colour to the same color, and can no longer see any text?

Locate where the FBP link, for opening the options screen, would normally be in the top nav bar next to right of the home link, and click it, when your mouse is over the link, it should display the version number of the currently installed version of FBP. On the FBP Options screen, simply un-tick the two checkboxes next to where the colour options for font and background are, and then click the "Save and close" button. Failing that, "right click" anywhere on the page and select "Inspect Element" then click the "Console" tab, then enter the following command into the Console: document.getElementById('fbpfreestyler').textContent='' That will temporarily reset FBPs style and Custom CSS data, allowing you to see the page again.

If I make a mistake with the Custom CSS or FBP's colour and or background image options and can no longer see the page clearly to open the FBP options so i can reset my changes, what should I do?

Right click anywhere on the page and select "Inspect Element" then click the "Console" tab and enter the following line of code document.getElementById('fbpfreestyler').textContent='' that will temporarily reset FBP's style and Custom CSS data, allowing you to see the page again and open the FBP options screen again, so you can change your settings back.

Can I hide Sponsored Stories and Facebook Offers from my news feed?

Yes you can, by default FB Purity hides all Sponsored stories and "Offers" stories such as "Claimed an Offer" or "Posted an Offer" from your newsfeed, this because they are basically ads, if you don't want them hidden, un-tick the "Hide Sponsored Box" option.

Can I hide "Games your friends are playing" / "Games You May Like" stories from showing up in my Facebook newsfeed?

FB Purity will hide those story types from showing in your newsfeed, if you have the hide "Apps & Games" option ticked. (If this is not working for you try putting the text "Games your friends are playing" into FBP's Custom Text filter (without the quotes).

Can I hide the "Set as Background" link that FBP adds to the bottom of images?

Yes, see the Custom CSS page for info on how to hide it.

Can I hide "Friendship Anniversary" aka "Friends with Person Z for X years" type posts, where people make a post showing how long they have been friends with someone?

Yes you can, put the following text into FBP's Text Filter box: Friends with .* on Facebook for \d+ Years.*See Friendship. Alternatively, if you tick the Hide "Your Memories" option on the FBP options screen, that will also hide these types of posts.

Can I hide "Upcoming Events" from showing up in my Facebook newsfeed?

FB Purity has an option for hiding Upcoming Events, its under the Events heading in the Newsfeed filters section.

How Can I hide "Suggested Events" from showing up in my events list page?

You can hide "Suggested Events" from your events list page, using facebooks built in controls, by clicking the "cog wheel" next to where it says "Today" at the top right of the events list page, then select "Settings" then tick the "hide suggested events" option

Is it possible to block posts from a Facebook Page / Facebook Group / Facebook Event from showing up in my newsfeed?

Yes, you can use the Custom Text Filter to achieve this. Just put the name of the Page / Group or Event into FBP's Text Filter box, and FBP will filter out any posts from that entity

Can I hide the new "Like Suggestions" Bar that shows up after I click the like button on a Facebook Page?

FB Purity will hide the "Like Suggestions" Bar, if you have the "hide sponsored box" option ticked.

Can I hide the "Page Suggestions" Bar that shows up at the top of the Pages Feed?

Yes, see the Custom CSS page for instructions on how to do that.

I haven't chosen to hide the news ticker in the right hand column, but its not showing, whats going on?

Facebook has a built in option for hiding the News Ticker aka sidebar, so check you haven't done that first. Another possibility is if you have the page zoomed in too much using the browser zoom function, or you have set your font size too large in FBP, it might push the ticker off the screen, as it only shows up when there is enough space for it. Solution is to unzoom your browser window, and/or reduce the font size.

Does FB Purity's feed filtering functionality work on Groups pages?

No, FB Purity does not currently work on Group's pages, maybe one day it will, but it will be a lot of work to add it, so currently no, it doesn't. You can however use Custom CSS that will affect Group pages, if you understand how to use CSS that is.

Can I use FBP to delete all the "Interests" that Facebook has stored about you on the Ad Prefences page?

Yes, you can. Visit Facebook's Ad Prefences pages and FBP will add a button titled "Clear Interests with FBP". Clicking that button will systematically delete all the Ad Interest topics on the page. FBP also adds a button to clear the Advertisers listed at the bottom of the page.

Is it possible to filter out photo/image posts based on the contents of the image?

Yes! Since FBP version 16, you can now filter out photo/image posts based on the contents of the image. Open the "Photo Stories" section of the FBP options screen, to edit setup the image content filtering options. At present the available built in image content filters are "cat photo, dog photo, baby photo, selfie, meme (image with text embedded), happy couple (2 people smiling), food photo. There is also a free text box, that lets you enter a comma separated list of other photo subjects you would like to filter out. This functionality is based on Facebook's artificial intelligence image classification system. Their system doesn't always get it right, so expect to see a few images get past the filters, and a few images to get misclassified. In theory the AI should improve over time.

Can I Freeze the Top Nav Bar in position, so it doesnt disappear when I scroll the page down?

Yes you can, there is an option under the "Top Nav Bar Options" heading, that lets you do this.

Is FB Purity compatible with Seamonkey?

Yes, the current Firefox add-on version of FB Purity should be compatible with Seamonkey.

Can I change the colour of the FB Purity Info Bar?

Yes, you can, using the Custom CSS box. Copy and paste the following into the CSS box: #fbpurityinfobar {background-color:lightyellow !important} You can change the colour to any valid HTML/CSS colour code you like.
For further customisations and more info about using CSS, please read the FBP CSS page.

Is FB Purity compatible with "Facebook at Work"

No, this is something new, and FBP is not designed to work with it, and I have not had a chance to look into it. If you are using Google Chrome, try logging into the work account in an incognito tab, theres a setting on the extensions management page for extensions which lets you choose whether you want an extension to also work in incognito mode, by default it should be turned off. So fbp won't load in the incognito tab and you won't have any problems.

Can I disable / delete / deactivate / turn off the Facebook Timeline feature?

You can't remove Timeline from your account. *UPDATE* Facebook have now seen the light and they've re-designed Timeline pages so all the news stories are in a single column.

How can I Export and Import my FBP settings data? (Save settings to a text file that can be transferred to another computer or browser)

If you click the "Export Settings" link at the bottom left of the FBP Options screen you will be given the option to save your FBP settings to a text file, alternatively a text box will appear with your FBP settings data inside, to export the data in this case, simply select and copy the text in the box and save it to a text file or document. When you want to Import your settings, click the "Import Settings" link at the bottom of the FBP Options screen and a dialog box will pop up giving you the option to load your FBP settings from a text file. The alternative method if you dont want to load your settings from a file, is to just copy and paste the FBP settings data you have previously saved, into the box and click OK, if the import is succesful FBP will tell you then it will reload the page to activate your new settings. This feature is cross browser compatible, so you can copy settings from one browser to another or from one computer to another computer.

How can I unblock an application once its been blocked via the "BA" (Block Application) button?

If you used the "block app" button, it means the application has been placed on your blocked applications list, which you can view and edit by going to your privacy settings page here: http://www.facebook.com/settings/?tab=privacy then clicking the "Edit your lists" link under the "Block Lists" heading at the bottom of the page. If you used Facebook's Hide button to "hide" the application you need to go to the "Top News" page, then click the "Edit Options" link at the bottom of the page, your list of applications that you have "hidden" will be displayed there, and you can unhide them from there.

How can I help spread the word about FB Purity?

You can suggest FB Purity to your all your Facebook friends by posting about this page to your stream via the Share button:
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You can also let the world know about FB Purity, by posting to the following networks
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Where can I make suggestions about FB Purity?

You can make general suggestions for the FB Purity and also suggestions for additions to the default application whitelist that is built into the script here: FB Purity Contact Form. Please note I may not have time to answer all emails, but I will definitely read them, suggestions from donors will get higher priority attention.



Known issues (*UPDATE* FBP v16.1.0 has been released, update to the latest version by re-installing via the FB Purity Install page on the FB Purity website as that will most likely fix most issues if you are having any problems) BTW by "liking" the FB Purity fan page, you will be kept up to date of the latest issues, fixes, changes and updates.

If your newsfeed is completely blank, make sure you have not ticked the 'hide "Newsfeed"' option, as thats exactly what that option does!

If you are using Chrome and you find FBP is repeatedly getting disabled automatically every time you restart Chrome, this is because you have installed FBP via the drag and drop method. This installation method is no longer required since FBP is now back in the Chrome Webstore. Chrome disables extensions that have been installed by the drag and drop method when the browser starts up. To stop this behaviour, you need to Export your FBP settings (Click the "Export Settings" link at the bottom of the FBP options screen), then uninstall FBP via the Chrome extensions management page, then install FBP by clicking the green "Install F.B. Purity" button on the Install page. Once you have it installed, click the "Import Settings" link at the bottom of the FBP options screen to import your settings that you had saved previously. That should fix the issue, and it will also mean FBP will auto-update in future, as auto update does not work if you install FBP via the drag and drop method.

If you are experiencing extreme slowdown of the facebook site with FBP installed, clear your browser cache then re-install fbp as this is now fixed.

If you some top nav bar related functionality is not working for you, clear your browser cache then re-install fbp as this is now fixed.

If your version of Firefox has updated to FF49, and FBP has stopped working, you need to uninstall FBP, then clear your browser cache, *then* go to INSTALL.FBPURITY.COM and re-install it.

If FBP has stopped working in Tampermonkey on Safari, you need to update to the latest version of Tampermonkey, to get FBP working again.

If the "Export Settings" link is not working for you in the Chrome Extension version of FB Purity, try this: After clicking the "Export Settings" link, then click the "Save and Close" button at the bottom of the FBP options screen, that should then trigger the FBP Settings File Save Dialog box to open. I am looking into fixing this bug.

If you are experiencing the newsfeed constantly reloading, this was caused by a facebook code change, and occurs if you have the "Sort Feed: Friend Feed" option turned on. I have now fixed this issue, re-install FBP for the fixed version.

If the left column is only partially showing or is completely hidden, this is caused by the "Freeze Left Column" option being turned on, to get the left column back just scroll your newsfeed back up to the top, if you don't like having to do this, turn the "freeze left column" option off

If the FBP link is not showing up in the top bar or is obscured by another link, clear your browser cache and then re-install FBP. (as mentioned previously if the code on facebook changes, it can break fbp's functionality, which means you need to update FBP to the latest version, which will work with Facebook's changes) another thing to try is changing your facebook language setting to English(UK) . It seems facebook is serving a different version of the page's top nav bar HTML code to some people depending on what language they are using.

If you don't see any stories in your newsfeed, just the "More Stories" link, thats most likely because FB Purity is filtering out the stories you don't want to see. You can adjust which stories FBP filters out via the FBP options screen. To learn how FB Purity works you should read the FBP User Guide page.

If your feed only loads a few posts and wont load any more even if you try scrolling the browser window downwards, and you just see an empty post with the pulsing grey square and grey lines, i'm not sure what is causing this, it may be a network issue, try reloading the page, and seeing if that fixes it.

If posts are missing on your friends or Page's you have liked Timelines, check if you have ticked the "hide games + apps" option under heading "Timeline Options", as that will hide posts if they have been made via an app or a game.

If you are repeatedly being redirected to facebook's settings page, this was caused by a facebook code change that affected the "show logout button" option, re-install FBP for the fixed version.

If you have tried installing the latest FBP extension, but the FBP link doesn't show up in the top navbar, try closing your browser completely, then re-opening it, that should fix the issue. Another possibility is that you have "localstorage" storage turned off in your browser somehow. Follow the rest of the steps in the troubleshooting guide to figure out what is causing your problem.

If you are using Firefox, and find that occasionally the FBP link won't show up and FBP's functionality has stopped working, try reloading the page, and if that doesnt work please clear your browser cache, then re-install via fbpurity.com, that should fix your issue. If the FBP link still doesn't show up after that, close the browser completely, then re-open it. If it doesnt show after that try installing the ECleaner extension from the mozilla add-ons directory, and use it to clear FBP's saved data (this will remove any FBP settings you had). Another thing to try is check if you have the "open links in new window or new tab" option turned on in firefox, and if you do, turn that option off, and instead use the "right click" on links or "middle click" on links to open links in new tabs/windows, and see if that fixes the issue.

Some smileys/emoticons are now getting past the hide emoticons filter option, this is a known issue, and I am looking into it.

If you are using Firefox and clicking the FBP link doesn't open the FBP options screen. Try the following: "Download an addon called eCleaner 1.4. After it is installed, remove FB Purity, then click on the options in the eCleaner. You'll see a list of addons you have or had installed. Highlight FBPurity and then click "Clear Selected", close the addon and re-install FB Purity".

If you are using Chrome and have Facebook as a pinned tab, this seems to cause the FBP chrome extension to crash. Try using Facebook without pinning its tab, that should in theory fix it. I don't know why this is happening, but I presume its due to the Facebook tab always being in memory, and Facebook's pages are not a fixed length, they can continue growing until they eat up all the memory, at which point fbp may crash.

Palemoon users, may notice the latest version of the FBP firefox extension won't work for you. You could try using the Greasemonkey Script version of FBP instead of the extension (its available on the same page as the extension version), which should work ok. (BTW Palemoon is not an official supported browser). Please also note that the latest available version of the Greasemonkey extension won't work with Palemoon either, apparently you need to use an earlier version (v1.15) of the GM extension

If you click the FBP link and nothing happens, it probably means you have 2 versions of FBP installed at the same time. Check your browser extensions for 2 copies of FBP. If you have greasemonkey installed, you may have an extension version of FBP and script version of FBP installed at the same time, remove one or the other to get it working again. If that doesn't fix it open the Browsers Error console, and check for any errors.

If the "Restore Comment Button" option has stopped working for you, this is due to a Facebook code change. With Facebook's new comment code, they have made it very difficult to fix this option. Until I can fix it, you can write your comments in a text editor first then copy and paste them into the comment box, or else just use "Shift-Enter" to add new-lines to your comments. Another option if you have a programmable multi button mouse, you could program one of the keys to simulate pressing "Shift + Enter"

If you cannot click the friend icons in the new thin chat sidebar, either turn off the "Full Screen Chat" option, or else you need to follow these steps to get the old style chat sidebar back.

If the news ticker is hidden but you haven't selected the option to hide it in FBP, its probably not showing because your screen is not big enough, it will only show when theres enough space on screen for it. You can test this out by making the font really small via your browser's zoom settings, the ticker should show up again as theres more space.

If the birthdays box is not showing in the right column please note that if you have the "Expand News Column" option enabled, that option hides the right hand column, which includes birthday reminders, and pokes etc.

If the guest lists on event pages are not showing, or trending, or admin section of group pages, trending box, or anything in the right hand column is not showing that should be showing, thats due to the "Expand news column" option being enabled. Either reload the page to see the missing section or else turn off the "Expand news column" option.

If you find you cannot tag your friends in statuses, make sure you have not turned on the option to hide "Auto tag suggestions", as that's exactly what it does. You can temporarily disable that option to re-enable tagging by typing the "@" character, or permanently turn it off on the FBP options screen.

If the numbers are missing next to the links in the left column, make sure you have not ticked the hide "Story Numbers" option under the "Hide left column links" options heading

If you have set a background image and are wondering how to turn it off or change the background image settings, you can do so via the FBP options screen, under the "Fonts, Colours and Design" section

The red and white "News : *number*" notifications that appear at the top of the facebook window beneath the FBP button shows up when there are new posts on the FBP fan page. Clicking the notification link, will hide the notification and take you to the FBP fan page, where you can read the latest posts from the page. If the notifications come back again for stories you have already seen, its most likely caused by either 1) you logging in via a different computer 2) logging in again with a different fb account. The reason for those occurences is that FBP saves its settings separately per device, and also per FB user account. If this does happen, you can always click the "X" next to the notification to dismiss it, and if you don't want these notifications at all, simply un-tick the "FBP News Notifications" option on the FBP options screen, but i would advise against this, as its very important to stay up to date with the fbp news.

If the "Wrote on Timeline/Wall" filter has stopped working for you, this is because Facebook seem to change the HTML code for this approximately once per week, which means i need to update FBP each time I notice it. Try clearing your browser cache, then re-installing FBP, as that will likely fix the issue.

If you are using Firefox v22 or above and are getting the following error message popping up "Error: Illegal operation on wrappedNative prototype object" or the FBP extension is disabled and can't be re-enabled: Clear your browser cache and then re-install via the install page on this site, for the fixed version. If that doesn't work, make sure you don't have any extensions that have changed your browser's "UserAgent" string, as the install page delivers a different version of the extension depending on whether you are using Firefox 19 or below, or Firefox 20 and above, and needs to check the browser's useragent string to determine what version of the extension to deliver.

If you are using the Iron browser (chrome clone) it seems theres a bug in the inline extension system, so the install button on the FB Purity website wont work for you, you can however install FB Purity via the Chrome Webstore.

If you are having problems with your FBP settings not saving properly, or your settings seem to have been wiped out. If you are using an old version of FBP, clear your browser cache, then reinstall FBP via the FBP install page on this site. Its also possible you have a problem with other extensions interfering with FBP (you need to follow the full troubleshooting guide in this case, which involves turning off all other extensions). Another possible cause for this is cookie cleaning type software such as CCleaner, which can potentially wipe out FBP's settings.

I cant support beta / alpha / dev versions of browsers, so please use the latest stable version of your particular browser if FBP is not working in your beta / alpha / dev version browser.

If you are finding Facebook or your browser gets really slow after a while of using it, try not opening lots of Facebook tabs, as Facebook tabs take up a lot of memory, you can also try recycling your Facebook tabs, by recycling them i mean copy the URL of the Facebook tab, then close the tab then open a new tab with the URL, doing this refreshes the browser's memory and clears out any memory anomalies.

If you are not using an up to date stable version of Chrome, FBP may not work for you, you will need to update to the latest (stable) version of Google Chrome. (This issue may also affects browsers that are based on Chrome, such as Cool Novo / Chrome Plus, as they are usually not using the latest Chrome codebase)

If you are repeatedly seeing the "Welcome new user screen", and your settings keep getting reset. Make sure you have the latest available stable version of your browser installed and also the latest version of FBP, as that should fix the problem. Also make sure you do not have any other extensions or programs (Such as cookie cleaners) that are interfering with FBP extension's storage area. Another reason why you may see this New User Welcome screen, is if you have just installed/updated the extension, then refreshed the facebook page too soon after installing, if you refresh the page again, you should find your old settings are still there.

If FBP's built in filters (application and extras / custom text filtering etc) aren't working, and you are not using Facebook with the English Language interface setting, you will either need to switch to the English interface or else you need to add your own Custom Text filters in your own language to hide the story types you don't want to see, as FBP can only filter out English stories at present.

If you are using Opera 12, and cannot install the extension via fbpurity.com, you need to open "Preferences" then select the "Advanced" tab, then select "Security" then click the "Trusted Websites" button, and add http://www.fbpurity.com to the list of trusted websites.

If you are using Firefox and you get the "extension file is corrupt" or "cannot modify file", error message when you try and install it, Uninstall the previous version of FBP, then close your browser, wait a minute, then re-open it, clear the browser cache, then reinstall FBP, and it should install ok.

If you are having an issue that is not covered above, please keep reading below for more troubleshooting tips

My FBP settings are being reset every time I close the browser, what is causing this, and how can I fix it?

You are probably using an older out dated version of the fbp extension, re-install FB Purity via http://www.fbpurity.com for the fixed, updated version.

Why is FB Purity hiding status updates from one of my Facebook Pages or Friends?

FBP does not hide status updates from Pages or Friends. The Page or friend in question is probably posting their status updates via an application. Look at the bottom of one of the status updates that are being hidden and see if there is a "via (some application)" link. You will need to add that application to the FB Purity whitelist in order to stop FBP hiding those updates.

Is it possible to "whitelist" friends whose posts I don't want filtered out by FBP's newsfeed filters?

Yes, the latest version of FBP does have a Friends Whitelist funtion, you can read more about it here. The ability to whitelist "Pages" will hopefully be added in a future version of FBP.

If FB Purity is not working properly or has stopped working, what should I do?

  1. Check that you have the latest version of FB Purity installed. Visit the FB Purity Website Homepage and check the version number of the latest release. If it is more recent than the version you have installed, update it. (You can check the version number of your installed version by hovering over the "FB Purity" link on your fb homepage or clicking that link to open the Options screen, as the version number is in the title of that screen.) If you have installed FBP via a site other than FBpurity.com try re-installing directly from fbpurity.com as the version on this site will always be the most up to date version (even if the version numbers are the same, sometimes last minute fixes get put in without updating the version number)
  2. If your profile page / Timeline page is not displaying correctly, re-install fbp via http://install.fbpurity.com as that bug is now fixed
  3. If you are using the GM Script version of FBP, check that greasemonkey is enabled (in firefox, you can look for the brown monkey icon in the bottom right of your screen, if its grey it means greasemonkey is disabled, click it once to re-enable it) Another way to check is to see if other scripts you have installed are working. Please note that FBP is not currently compatible with the Scriptish extension, please use the official Greasemonkey extensions instead.
  4. Check that the problem is not caused by other scripts or extensions running on the same page and clashing with FB Purity. You can do this by temporarily disabling the other scripts/extensions (in firefox you can do this via the Tools/Greasemonkey/Manage Userscripts menu for GM Scripts and the "Tools/Addons/Extensions" menu for firefox extensions, in Chrome, Safari and Opera you can do this in the Extensions menu) and see if that fixes the problem
  5. If you are repeatedly seeing the new user welcome message popup, that says "Hi! It looks like this is your first time running FB Purity", that means you either have a very old version of FB Purity installed, and you should install the latest version from the FB Purity install page on this site, it could also mean you are using an old version of your web browser, so you should update to the latest version of your web browser too.
  6. If the welcome screen keeps popping up and wont go away, it means your browser or another program or extension is stopping FBP from saving its settings, if you are using chrome, safari or opera, you need to enable cookies so FBP can save its settings. If it pops up even though you have used FBP before, it probably means your browser settings have been wiped somehow. Certain "cookie" cleaning software (such as CCleaner) or browser extensions may also interfere with the browser and extension's settings, so try turning that software off. This problem can also happen in Chrome if you load a facebook page too quickly after installing a new version of FBP, if that happens, just reload the page again, and your settings should be restored.
  7. Another way to check its not other addons or scripts "clashing" with FB Purity or a corrupt browser profile causing the problem, is to create a fresh browser profile (create a fresh profile in Firefox / Create a fresh profile in Chrome), then install FB Purity, and see if it works ok there, if it does, you know it must be an addon/script "collision" or corrupt browser profile issue.
  8. Make sure you are not using an unsupported browser, if the browser is too old or too new (beta / dev or alpha etc) FBP may not work, to be safe and sure FBP will work for you, try it in the latest stable version of either Firefox, Chrome, Safari or Opera
  9. If you are having a problem where the red error is coming up saying "you have 2 versions of FBP running at the same time" If you are using firefox, first check the "Tools/Addons" menu to see if FB Purity is listed there, also check if the Greasemonkey addon is installed and if it is, click its options button and now check if you have the GM script version of FB Purity installed, if you have both GM Script version and add-on version of FBP, you need to disable or uninstall one or the other. If you have checked and there definitely arent 2 versions, check if you are running AVG antivirus on your system, as this could be causing the problem, try disabling AVG temporarily and see if that fixes it. If it is AVG, I suggest uninstalling AVG and installing Avast antivirus instead. *UPDATE 9/12/10* Ive heard that its specifically the AVG Link Scanner / Safe Search Firefox plugin that is causing the problems, disabling that addon should also fix the problem. Another possibility if you are using Google Chrome and there are definitely not 2 versions of FBP running, is that the extension has got corrupted somehow, to fix this issue in that case, uninstall the extension, then re-install it for the fix.
  10. If FBP has stopped filtering all application stories, check that you havent accidentally ticked the "Hide" "Application Stories" option in the FBP options screen.
  11. Check if the layout of the Facebook.com site has changed, if the site looks different or has new features, it probably means Facebook have changed the underlying code of the site, which means FB Purity will need to be updated to work with the new code. Check the FB Purity News Page, or the FB Purity Fan Page or the FB Purity Twitter account or my own Twitter account for news of a new release of FB Purity
  12. If you have hidden various items in the right hand column, and you are still seeing a blank white box, its not possible to hide this box, unless you completely hide right hand column using CSS (see the CSS page) or if you turn on the expand news column option.
  13. Try re-installing FB Purity, perhaps the installation has somehow become corrupted.
  14. If the "Show" apps/extras links are not working, i.e nothing happens when you click them, its probably the same issue as below (2 versions of FBP running at the same time, you need to disable or uninstall one of them)
  15. If the "Show logout button" (in top nav bar) option has stopped working for you, clear your browser cache, then re-install for the fix.
  16. If you are using Opera or Greasekit or another GM compatible system that requires you to save userscripts to a specific directory, check the userscript directory to make sure you don't have two or more copies of fbpurity in the directory, as multiple copies will interfere with each other and cause the script to stop working properly
  17. If you are using Opera and you have enabled HTTPS security on your Facebook account, FBP will not work unless you, allow the extension to access secure pages. To do this you need to go to the Extensions screen and click the Settings button, to the right of the "Uninstall" button, then select "Privacy" and then tick "allow interaction with secure pages". FBP should work fine after that.
  18. If you are using Chrome, check you are not browsing in Incognito mode, as by default the extension wont work in that mode, if you want it to, you need to enable it on the extensions page.
  19. If the "became friends with" or "Facebook Questions" posts or any other "extras" are not getting filtered out despite you ticking those options in the settings, try setting your Facebook user interface to "English" as that should fix the problem. Another possibility is that you have added the person whose posts aren't getting hidden to the user Whitelist (this would also cause posts with words in your Text Filter to not get filtered out).
  20. If you are getting the following error message "Error: JSON.parse" it means your settings have become corrupted somehow. In order to fix it, if you are using the GM version of FBP, is to uninstall the script and also make sure you choose the delete settings option, then reinstall it. If you are using the Firefox extension version you will need to delete the FBP settings from Firefox's "about:config" page. If you are using Chrome, or Opera, or some other Chrome clone, you can reset FBP's settings by uninstalling the fbp extension then re-installing it. *UPDATE* There is a new way to reset your FBP settings, that works for all browser versions: Click the Import settings link at the bottom of the FBP options screen, then enter the word "Reset" (without the quotes) into the text box and then click the "OK" button, and your settings should be reset.
  21. If you are getting the following error message "FB Purity: regex error building custom text filter", it means you may have mistakenly pasted in CSS code into the Custom Text Filter box instead of the Custom CSS box. If possible you need to remove the CSS code from the Custom Text Filter box and put it into the Custom CSS box. If you cannot access the FBP options screen, you will need to reset your FBP settings. In order to do this, if you are using the GM version of FBP, is to uninstall the script and also make sure you choose the delete settings option, then reinstall it. If you are using the Firefox extension version you will need to delete the FBP settings from Firefox's "about:config" page (once at the "about:config" page, type "fbpoptsjson" without the quotes into the "filter" box at the top of the screen, and it should display the relevant line, then right click and select "reset". be careful to only edit the relevant line). If you are using Chrome, Safari or Opera, in order to reset your FBP settings, find the localstorage variable named fbpoptsjson (under the domain www.facebook.com) in the browsers settings and reset it (make it blank) or delete it completely.
  22. Font size and CSS effects set within FBP will not work on Facebook application pages (on the apps.facebook.com domain) if you are using Chrome, Opera or Safari, due to Localstorage restrictions. This should work ok in Firefox though as FBP for firefox doesn't use Localstorage to store its settings.
  23. If parts of the page that you could normally see, but seem to have disappeared when you are using FBP, though you have not selected to hide them, and you are also using FBP's font and background colour changing function, try turning off the colour changing function, as that should fix the problem.
  24. If you are getting the error 'Error: document.getElementsByTagName("head")[0] is undefined' when you start up Firefox, its most probably caused by the McAfee Firefox extension clashing with FBP. Solution: Either disable the MacAfee add-on, or Install a different AV software entirely.
  25. If you are using Google Chrome and are getting the error messages "could not create download directory" when trying to install FBP, you need to go into Chrome settings and specify a download location.
  26. If none of the above work, you can file a bug report with as much info about the bug as possible

    N.B Important information you should include in your report: What Operating System you are using, What Browser and what browser version number. Extension/Script version number. A clear and concise description of the bug is essential, just saying "it doesn't work" isn't very helpful. What steps did you take that lead up to the appearance of the bug, what exactly do you see on the screen, a screenshot can also be helpful. If using Firefox open the "Tools/Error Console" menu, click the round red button with the white cross inside it, marked "Errors" and copy and paste any errors you see into your report. If you are using Google Chrome, Safari or Opera open the Developers Menu, then select the Javascript Console, and copy and paste any errors from there. -- You can Submit bug reports via the Contact Form. N.B to submit a screenshot, first upload the screenshot to a hosting site such as http://snag.gy, http://imgur.com or Facebook (but make sure to set the privacy to public) then send me the link/s to the screenshots.

FB Purity Contact Form

How can I find out what version of FB Purity I am using?

The FB Purity version number is displayed in the title at the top of the FBP's options screen. Also, if you hover your mouse over the "FB Purity" link in the FB Purity bar near the top of your facebook homepage, the version number will be displayed.

Is it possible to reset the FBP settings back to the original default settings?

Yes it is possible. Click the "Import Settings" link on the FBP options screen, then enter the text "Reset" (without the quotes) and FBP will wipe out your existing settings and return them to the installation defaults

How can I check if there is an update available for FB Purity

You can click the "Check for latest version" link at the top of the FBP options screen, or you can check the FB Purity news page, or the FBP fan page

How can I temporarily disable FB Purity?

Firefox: If you have the Firefox addon installed you can disable it via the "Tools/Addons" menu. If you want to temporarily switch off the FBP GM Script you can disable Greasemonkey altogether by clicking the little brown monkey icon in the bottom right of the browser window, it will then turn grey, meaning its been disabled. Clicking it again will re-enable Greasemonkey. You can also disable specific scripts, if you "right click" on the monkey icon, a list of the scripts operating on the current page will be displayed, with tick boxes next to them, you can disable individual scripts by unticking them.
Google Chrome: You can temorarily disable FBP via the Extensions menu.
Apple Safari: You can disable the FBP Safari extension via the Extensions tab in Safari's Preferences menu. If you are using the Greasemonkey version of FBP, you need to either disable it on the Tampermonkey's options screen or disable the Tampermonkey extension.
Opera: You can disable it via the Extensions menu.

How can I Remove / Uninstall FB Purity?

Firefox: If you have the add-on version installed, you can remove it via the Firefox Tools/Addons/Extensions menu. If you have the GreaseMonkey script version installed, you can do so via the "Tools/Greasemonkey/Manage User Scripts" menu.
Google Chrome: You can uninstall FBP via the Extensions menu, to get there first click the "3 Horizontal lines" Menu Button in the top right of the browser (*UPDATE* the menu button has changed to 3 dots stacked vertically in the latest version of Chrome), then select "More Tools/Extensions".
Apple Safari: You can uninstall the FBP Safari extension via the Extensions tab in Safari's Preferences menu. If you are using the Greasemonkey version of FBP, can uninstall it via the Tampermonkey extension's options screen, or uninstall Tampermonkey if FBP is your only GM script.
Opera: You can uninstall the FBP extension via the Extensions menu. If you have the script installed its simply a case of removing the FBP script from your scripts directory.

Who is the developer of FB Purity

Its me, Steve! :) You can contact me via the FB Purity Contact Form Please note I may not have time to answer all emails, but will definitely read them.

How can I show my appreciation for the work you have put into FBP and support future development?

If you like FBP, please make a donation to show your appreciation for all the hard work I have put into developing this and keeping it running.

If you are a Developer and can find and fix bugs or develop new useful features, you are welcome to donate code patches to the FB Purity project, to help improve FBP for everyone. Get in touch via the Contact Page to make a contribution.



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