Is there any way to block Facebook's sponsored stories (ads) that are suddenly appearing in my news feed on my iPhone?
I don't mean the sponsored stories described here
, ads that piggyback on a friend's "Like" and push an ad with it. Those look like this
, and are mildly annoying, but I can live with them (though it's interesting that my friend's like is dated April 18, and the ad just showed up in my feed today).
The ads I am talking about are just straight up ads, with no friends attached. I saw the first one Friday, an ad for a bank (the one I paid my student loans back to, coincidentally, and for which I have a deep and abiding loathing), and today this one appeared
. Interesting, again, that the date on the ad is September 14, though it appeared in my feed for the first time this afternoon.
These ads only appear on my iPhone, through the FB app. They do not appear in news feeds on either desktop (Mac) or netbook (PC), both of which are running Firefox with AdBlockPlus. And both of which would allow me to unsubscribe to the posters in question.
Googling is finding me lots of stories about the lawsuit for sponsored stories--which seem to mean the first kind of ad--but nothing for how to disable or filter the second kind of sponsored stories. I never see ads on the internet! I have a low threshold for this kind of thing, apparently, because it is making me unreasonably testy, and none of my FB friends share my outrage.