How to Edit the List of Extras that F.B. Purity Hides

First open the F.B. Purity options screen. you can do this by clicking the "FBP" button in the top bar of any Facebook page, or the "F.B. Purity" link in the F.B. Purity bar above the first post in the Newsfeed, at the top of your FB homepage.

On the left hand side of the options screen is a list of the Newsfeed Filters that let you hide the "Extras" from your Newsfeed.

You can choose which extras you want to hide by ticking the boxes next to the ones you dont want to see

The current list of Extras that you can hide via the script are: "Fan page stories", "Facebook Questions", "Became friends with", "Liked (Became a fan of) page", "Joined a group", "Attending an event"-(this option also hides "Interested in an Event" stories), "Attended an event", "Created an event", "Upcoming Events", "Upcoming Concerts", "Updated profile", "Changed profile picture", "Updated Cover Photo", "Changed relationship", "Commented on or likes status", "Uploaded photo", "Shared photo", "Tagged in Photo / Album", "Likes Photo / Album", "Commented on Photo / Album", "Uploaded video", "Tagged in video", "Shared Video", "Commented on Link", "Likes link", "Posted Note", "Tagged in Note", "Shared a Link", "Shared Status", "Commented on Status", "Likes Status", "Wrote on "Wall" (aka Wrote on Timeline) which includes "Wrote on group wall and "Wrote on page wall", "Changed location" (aka Checked-In), "Commented on this", "Liked this"

For example, say you wanted to hide all your friend's "likes" or "comments" from showing in your newsfeed, From the above list, you will see that 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 that most of the newsfeed filters will only work correctly if you have your facebook language setting set to English, otherwise you will need to use the Custom "Text Filter" (described below) to create your own equivalent filters in your own language.

Text Filter

Want to hide posts in your Newsfeed that contain specific words or phrases? The Text Filter allows you to do this. Any posts featuring the words and or phrases that you specify will be treated as "Extras", i.e hidden and only displayed, if you click the "Show" extras link. (Note for advanced users "Regular Expression" syntax can also be used here for wildcard matching). The "Auto Hide" Filter works the same way as the "Text Filter" but with the Auto Hide filter, posts that are matched by the "Auto Hide" filter will be even be hidden when you clikc the "Shoe Extras" link, though you can choose to show them if you wish, to see what has been hidden.

You can enter a list of words or phrases on separate lines, in the "Text Filter" and or "Auto Hide" boxes on the F.B. Purity options screen that you don't want to see in your newsfeeds.

For example, say you wanted to hide all posts that mentioned "FarmityVillage", you would enter "FarmityVillage" into the "Text Filter" box (without the quotes) like soFarmityVillage

If you also wanted to hide the phrase "Go boston hornets" you would start a new line in the box and then enter text, make sure you dont add any blank lines to the text box: FarmityVillage
Go boston hornets

"Wildcard" Matching

If you want to match all characters in between some text, you can use ".*" which is "Regular Expression" syntax that means match any character or group of characters. An example where this would come in useful would be if you wanted to hide any post from a specific person, lets say his name was "John Smith" and you wanted to hide any posts from him about his dog called "Rover" you would put the following code into the "Text Filter" box: John Smith.*Rover (notice in this example that there are no spaces between Smith and ".*" and Rover

Say you wanted to hide all links posted by a specific person, you could use the following code:

John Smith.*\.com
John Smith.*\.net
John Smith.*\.org

And also add lines for any other domain name endings that the person is likely to post. BTW the "\." part means to interpret the full stop as an actual full stop and not a wildcard character

Another useful example of the "regular expression" syntax that can be used is the word boundary signifier: "\b". For example, say you wanted to hide any mention of the word "soft" but you didnt also want to hide words such as "Microsoft" or "Softball" which would normally both be hidden if you just put "soft" in the Text Filter. Well this is where the word boundary signifier comes in handy, you just need to put it at the front and end of the specific word you want filtered, like so: \bsoft\b that should ensure only the whole word "soft" will get filtered out. And not words that just contain those letters somewhere inside.

Hiding the "People You May Know" Box

If you want to turn off (hide) the "People You May Know" box (also known as ", "Find more Friends" and "Friend Finder" box)

Just tick the hide "People You May Know" option on the F.B. Purity Options Screen

Hiding Facebook's Sponsored Box (aka Ads and Adverts)

If you want to turn off (hide) the "Sponsored" box

Just tick the check box next to the text "Hide Sponsored Box" on the F.B. Purity Options Screen, this will hide the Sponsored box, and it will also hide the "Sponsored" stories / posts (aka Suggested Posts / Suggested Pages) (Please note: suggested posts will only be hidden if your facebook language setting is set to English. If it isn't you can use FBP's Text Filter to put the text that identifies Suggested Posts in your own language into FBP's Text Filter box.)

N.B Dont forget, in order for the changes you make to the options screen to be saved, you need to click the "Save and Close" buttton.

For info on how to edit the application whitelist, i.e which applications you dont want to be hidden by the script, please see the guide to
Editing the F.B. Purity Whitelist.

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