You may knock your head why am i seeing so many ads on facebook all of a sudden in 2023?

If you are seeing too many ads on Facebook, then your ad interest categories, data about your activity from partners, advertisers using your activity, list of ad topics and number of advertisers might have increased.

The following post will discuss different ways to block ads on Facebook.

In reality, it is very hard to completely block sponsored ads on Facebook for a life-time.

You may be successful for a limited time. But Facebook will come with a new technology to replace the tweaks. This is how Facebook survives for its advertising revenue.

Why am i seeing so many ads on Facebook all of a sudden 2022

In its help center page, it made clear that it cannot completely block the sponsored or any ads in the news feed or the site. But you can select the preferences, to see what type of ads you can see. You can also decide to hide an ad at an individual level.

Source: https://www.facebook.com/help/146952742043748

Why am I seeing so many Ads on Facebook 2023?

Meta the parent company of Facebook makes lot of revenue through advertising.

The social media platform is free because the advertisers bring revenue to Facebook. It’s revenue in the year 2021 was $115 billion dollars approximately.

Based on your activity and interests, sponsored ads are shown. Around $40 million per day revenue is generated by ads. If the average spend by a single advertiser is $250/day, then you need around 130k ads per day.

why so many ads on facebook

If the CPM is roughly $6, then you can reach 42k people per ad.

So if you multiple 130k ads into 42k people, you get around 5.4 billion ads per day.

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In order to show that many ads Facebook needs to be aggressive even though ad personalization is available.

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source:quora.com

That is why you see so many ads on Facebook increasing each year.

How to Stop Sponsored Ads on Facebook

For a small time, you can make use of Facebook settings to stop your Facebook ads. In addition, if you use the ad blockers you can get rid of ads for a longer time. It is a cat and mouse game.

Total Time: 5 minutes

Click on the Profile Pic of Facebook

The interface has changed in 2022. So you may be confused with the 2021 or 2020 version of Facebook web interface.

Settings & privacy > Settings.

You need to click twice to go to the ads. I don’t understand why Facebook has made it difficult to reach the ad preferences page.

On the next screen scroll down to click on Ads.

facebook ad settings

It is little hidden even on bigger screen. You might have missed it among all the list of settings.

3 Ad Preferences are visible.
Advertisers
Ad Topics
Ad Settings

facebook ad preferences 2022

The interface has been made easy and smooth. Previously there were too many ad settings which were confusing.

Click on each advertising preference and remove ad categories, advertisers, ad topics etc.

It takes some time to complete this operation. As there many ad interests and categories added from time to time, the list will be long. But you may be bombarded with too many ads in this way.

Note

This should at least hide all ads on Facebook for sometime. If you are successful, then you are lucky. Otherwise, you need to remove the advertisers from time to time. 

How to Stop Sponsored Ads on Facebook 2022

If you feel these ads are boring and prefer to tailor them, then follow these steps.

You can also make money from Facebook reels in the new era. So if you want earn from them, advertisements will not go soon away.

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This will apply to the desktop or laptop or PC version of Facebook. The settings are similar in mobile app also.

1. Click the “drop-down” on the top blue bar. (the last option).
2. Click on “Settings”.

facebook settings 20193. A new page opens.
4. On the left hand-side, browse through the options.
5. Click on “Ads”.
6. The “ad preferences” page will open.
7. Click the drop-down next to “Ad settings”.

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8. The following options are available.

  • Ads based on data from partners
  • … based on your activity on Facebook Company Products that you see elsewhere
  • … that include your social actions

9. Click on each option.
10. There will be a drop-down box for each setting. For the first two, select “Not allowed”. For the third one, select “No one”.

I was temporarily able to stop sponsored ads on facebook posts using the above tricks. This video is a proof of no ads showing.

Facebook Ad Interests in 2022

Instead of completely blocking the Facebook Ads, want to fine tune them? Then the following options will help you.

Business Facebook is another way for monetization for this big company. The simple fact is that too many market players are involved in making money from Facebook.

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So sponsored ads are here to stay. Otherwise, you need to pay subscription cost for your Facebook account.

Your interests

As said before, Facebook displays ads in your status column based on different conditions. The first condition is using interests based on your activity on Facebook, such as your engagement with certain Pages and ads.

There are different categories to choose under this

1. Business and industry
2. News and entertainment
3. Technology
4. Travel, places and events
5. People
6. Hobbies and activities
7. Family and relationships
8. Food and drink
9. Lifestyle and culture
10. Education
11. Sports and outdoors

and many others.

Under each category these are several other sub-categories. When you hover that item, you can see a “cross” mark at the top-right-hand corner of the item. Click on it, to remove that preference of ads showing in your status history.

If you want, you can add the same item again to your ad interests.

your interests facebook ads category

Advertisers and businesses

In this category, ads are displayed from advertisers and businesses who uploaded a list with your info and advertised to you. It includes those

– whose website or app you may have used
– Who you’ve visited
– Whose ads you’ve clicked

and more.

Your information

Some of the Facebook ads that reach potential users are based on the information provided on their profiles. In this setting, you can manage whether you want to see Facebook ads based on certain parameters.

You can turn off the toggle switch to disable ads based on a particular condition of your profile. These include –

  • Relationship status
  • Employer
  • Job title
  • Education
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Under the same setting, there is another tab that says “Your categories“. These help advertisers reach people who are more likely to be interested in their products, services and causes. Some categories are added based on the information you provided on Facebook and other activity.

You can click the “into” mark to remove those categories from the list. Ads related to those categories will not be displayed to you.

Hide ad topics

There are certain topics which are abusive, potentially harmful and pervasive content. You can hide ads about these topics temporarily or permanently. Certain ads will still show up. But this will improve the quality of ads shown. The number of ads you will will not change.

You can also turn off suggestions for pages if you like. These settings will help to minimize the diversion from the actual content of Facebook posts.

FAQ – Facebook Sponsored Ads

Why am i seeing so many ads on Facebook 2023

Interest categories are part of Facebook ad settings. Some categories are automatically added or otherwise set by default. If you block Facebook ads through settings you may see an increase many fold. Based upon profile, email and browsing habits Facebook creates an ad face for you. Due to the advertising algorithm, policy and usage, you will see too many ads or increase in ads on Facebook.

How to block ads on Facebook 2023

No way. For a limited time, you can make use of Ads settings to block ads on Facebook. But Facebook’s advertising algorithm will tweak its code to display the ads again. I have listed some add-ons and extensions that could completely block
Facebook ads. They worked for me in 2022. Check them now.

How to stop payment on Facebook ads

facebook remove payment

Click on Ads payments under Settings on Facebook. Payment settings page will open. On that screen you can see the payment methods. Probably you might have added a credit card or bank account for making payment towards Facebook ads. When you remove all those, then automatically you can stop payment on Facebook ads.

How to delete interests on Facebook

Click on profile pic at the bottom left of your screen. Settings & privacy > settings > Ads > Ad settings. You can see the label categories used to reach you. Click the arrow to the right. You can see all ad interest categories. Click on Remove beside each interest. They are all deleted.

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26 Comments

  1. I am sorry to say. But you article could not be incorrect. I closed my old account and made a experiment. I made a dedicated email only for Facebook messenger means fake name and fake profil and then I did not add any friends or set all privacy at max deactivated my account I only used messenger now I am back to square one. But I convinced my friends delete and then use signal messenger wauw what a relief. That’s the best trixk or advice you can get. Go away from Facebook.

    1. @Stefano. It’s nearly impossible to stop sponsored ads on Facebook. Even other giants like Google, Microsoft do have their privacy and ad settings, but still collect data. Then what is the importance of these ad settings or consumer protection rules. With mobile apps, even more of our data is collected. That’s connectivity in 2021.

  2. This was a total waste of time. Did all that you suggested, and guess what…more ads than ever. You sure you don’t work for Facebook? Thanks….for NUTTIN!

  3. This article was a waste of time. FACEBOOK has removed the “Ads” button and replaced it with “Ads Payments”. There is NO option to modify which ads we see. Yet another reason I won’t be on Facebook any longer.

  4. Usually, these can be done into two classes. Ideally we’ll see more of this from you in the near long term. This might give usually essential information about the playing cards to the other people.

    1. @Taber: If your optimistic of stopping facebook ads, then you need to clear “Your Interests” from time to time. Otherwise, you are shown more ads than before. Choice is yours to block or leave the default settings.

  5. I tried to follow your instructions – (4-25-20). Facebook now does not even give me the “ads” choice on the left hand side. I have Apps, Instant Games, Business Int, then Payments, Support Inbox, & Videos. Where else might I find it? Thanx.

    1. @Bobbie: Thanks for your comment. Somestimes, Chrome does not display this option. You can try Firefox or any other browser. let me know if this fixes the problem.

  6. this all goes swimmingly until i hit point 7: click the drop-down next to ad settings. then i get this: safari can’t open the page because “the URL was blocked by a content blocker” whatever one of those is

  7. Facebook sucks. The ads are out of control. I have more ads than news on my newsfeed. I followed the information provided here and although it’s good info, it didn’t help much. Next step, delete Facebook. It sucks

    1. @Mike: I understand your frustration. For now, it is better to use Ad Blocker chrome extension customization to block Facebook Sponsored ads.

  8. I was tired of the advertising and got tired of blocking etc but they came back again. So I deleted Facebook will be officially deleted on December 15th, 2019.

  9. Tried this many times and it is horrendous with the Ads. I am bombarded with ads that bear no relevance to any interest I have! There are ads in my settings which I dont even know what on earth they are. Fed up with it to the point of archiving my account for a while its just not fun anymore. Clearly they can stop ads in “groups” so why not for individual users

    1. @annie. Yes, the problem looks unstoppable. I don’t know why Facebook provides an option called “Ads Preferences”, if you can’t opt out of it. It looks like the advertiser list is again populated, even though you delete them. For now, I think it is better to leave the default settings. So atleast you get relevant ads. As mentioned in the article, even Ad Blockers are not able to stop them. So, yes, this tweak or tip does not seem to work currently. You can try blocking using Ad Blocker filters as mentioned in one of the comments. I will try to update the article, if that’s possible.

  10. Did everything above and NO difference! I may just drop Facebook altogether. When I’m trying to watch a video post and an ad interrupts, I’ve started just stopping it and moving on… getting tired of being forced to watch ads and rude interruptions.. I’m so done!

  11. Never works and you will never get rid of the ads unless a filter is applied over facebook on the browser that filters out the word sponsor and then removes the ad. All the above only open you up to random ads as you will have no preference for facebook to go off.

  12. Useless advice. I visit my ads preferences once a month and ensure I am as locked down as possible. The last week has been horrendous – every 2nd or 3rd post on my timeline is for absolutely irrelevant items. In this week, I’ve checked my ad preferences every day, but can’t stop them coming. This is it for me. No more Facebook.

  13. It is almost as though Facebook directs you to the ad preferences page so you will browse all their potential advertisers and think about interests you “might as well leave there”. I imagine the algorithm “sees” any interest and spins out all associated interests and uses them to feed you ads. Need one button. “No Ads. Period.”

  14. This does not block Facebook sponsored ads at all.
    My settings were already set to the above but I still get sponsored ads

    1. @Paul: Thanks for the comment. As you know this post was written sometime back with then Facebook policies regarding sponsored ads. FYI, Facebook itself does not adhere to its ad policies and keeps on changing from user to user. So the above method works for some for sometime and may not work altogether. This depends on country, user, place, device type etc. Anyhow I’m going to update the content with my research on this topic soon. 🙂

  15. I found you article useless as it doesn’t block facebook ads at all, there still very much appear all the time, only now they are only targeted based on ridiculous criteria, such as “you are 18 years old or older”…

    1. I agree! I have turned everything to not allowed, or no one and yet I still get ads – probably more than before!

  16. I found your article very informative and you had great use of facts throughout the article.
    Thanks for sharing this valuable information with us, it is really helpful article!