Facebook announced that U.S. users, including Instagram users, can now opt out of certain types of ads on social media platforms, including politically-related ads, according tomedia reports. But even if users opt out, they can still see some of these types of ads, but Facebook allows users to tag ads that pass through filters.
Last month, Facebook announced that it would allow its U.S. users to choose not to watch certain ads — including those related to political topics and social issues. However, only a small percentage of people are allowed to use this option because the feature was still in beta at the time. The feature will be the first to be rolled out to U.S. users and then to users in many other countries.
Rob Leathern, Facebook’s product management director, announced on Twitter today that this is an important day for all Facebook and Instagram users in the United States. Users can go directly to the “Sensitive Topics” section of Facebook’s preferences. Ads that you can opt out of are:
To choose not to watch these ads, users need to click on the “Social Issues, Elections, or Politics” option in the ad topic and then select See fewer ads about this topic. Or the user can click on a small message on one of the ads to pull out the ad’s menu. You can also see the above options at the bottom of the menu.
If you’ve opted out of these ads and still see them later, you can report it by clicking on the upper-left corner of an ad.