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Are you annoyed with that Facebook friend who is constantly watering her FarmVille plants? Do you not care about how many people are in Bobby's Mafia Wars? Look no further than FB Purity, a Greasemonkey user script that hides friends' applications from appearing on your news/live feed. It is customizable; you can choose to hide multiple other friend stories such as becoming a fan, joining a group, and going to an event. FB Purity is compatible with Firefox, Google Chrome, and Opera, and requires you to download Greasemonkey before installation.

After restarting the browser, log in to your Facebook account and note the FB Purity options at the top right-hand side of the news/live feed. The add-on shows how many apps and other stories it is hiding. Clicking on the "Show" button is supposed to show the applications; however, the applications do not show up in our tests, but the other stories do. This is not too hindering unless you care about viewing your friends' application updates.

To customize which stories show up, click on the "FB Purity" link and select what you want hidden; the interface is extremely intuitive. Apart from having the option to hide a multitude of stories including profile updates and tagged photos, you can hide the suggestions box, sponsored box, and the "get connected" box in the right-hand panel of the screen. Facebook has the ability to hide unwanted applications for you, but having all these options clearly marked in one place is very practical. Facebook does not have the ability to hide the side-panel boxes.

The ability to hide different aspects of Facebook, while still having the option to display them, is extremely useful. This add-on is great for people who miss the olden days of Facebook, where cow pictures did not show up in every other post.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "EASILY customize what you see on your facebook newsfeed"

    March 13, 2014  |   By SherriMiguel

    Version: Facebook Purity 3.1

    Pros

    It's very easy to use. Gives you the ability to customize what you see on your facebook newsfeed. Without having to delete or unsubscribe to a facebook friend or group, you can hide game requests, game stats, political rants, sports rants, animal rescue rants, or anything else you get tired of seeing by just checking a box or using a keyword for a particular user or all users in general. Don't worry, the person whose info you're hiding, won't even know you're hiding it on your newsfeed. You can also see how many things FB Purity is hiding....curious what it's hiding? Just click "show" at the top of your screen and you can toggle them off and on hidden/showing. You can also turn FB Purity on or off with a quick click at the top of the screen. The developer constantly updates and fine-tunes the app whenever facebook makes changes, which is often. He also listens to what users want and continuously adds new features that users request...he does it all for FREE, but does accept donations!

    Cons

    None! It's amazing! Try it and you will definitely not be sorry. You will wonder how you survived without it for so long.

    Summary

    I've used this program for years! I honestly do not think I would continue to use facebook if it weren't for FB Purity aka Fluff Busting Purity. I get tired of the constant changes and advertisements, suggested sites, trending topics, etc that facebook litters my newsfeed with. Thankfully, I can make it all disappear as I see fit, thanks to this completely FREE program. The developer spends a lot of time keeping this application working and fighting facebook for the right to make and distribute this program. Facebook seems to dislike this program and threaten and harass the developer, likely because they don't want us to have such control over our own account and what we see. I also appreciate the fact the developer really listens to his users and what else they want out of this program. He keeps adding new features that gives us even more control over our facebook account. Just when I thought it couldn't get any better, it does! I cannot imagine how many countless hours he must spend on this program, and he doesn't ask for money...he does sometimes mention he does accept donations, which he really deserves if you're a user who loves, appreciates it, and can afford to send him a buck or two or more. This program is honestly so good I cannot believe it's free. You have to give it a try if you're a facebook user...it is truly an extraordinary browser add-on app for facebook users!

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Love it been using now for a couple years"

    March 13, 2014  |   By W.K.TEDDYBEAR

    Version: Facebook Purity 3.1

    Pros

    hide game stories, stop auto play videos, single column timeline.

    Cons

    none I can find

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Truly grateful for this!"

    March 2, 2014  |   By kkvh7823

    Version: Facebook Purity 3.1

    Pros

    Fantastic - removed all the sexually provoking ads and all others which distracted me immensely.

    Cons

    None - would support this developer for his kind work to society.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Makes Facebook usable"

    December 28, 2013  |   By bw49

    Version: Facebook Purity 3.1

    Pros

    F.B.Purity is an excellent piece of work, removing almost all of the rubble and noise from Facebook.

    (I'm now using version 9.3.2)

    Cons

    None. F.B.Purity works!

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Brilliant!"

    June 14, 2012  |   By dearxiola

    Version: Facebook Purity 3.1

    Pros

    Gives you more control over what you are subjected to while using FB, and is easily customizable. No longer do I have to wade through useless updates to get to what I decide is important to see in my feed.

    Cons

    None. Zero.

    Summary

    An essential tool for anyone fed up with their feeds being clogged with useless info. Having used this for almost a year, I would cancel my FB account if I couldn't use FB Purity.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "In Your Face Facebook!"

    May 30, 2012  |   By webduck

    Version: Facebook Purity 3.1

    Pros

    This regularly updated and maintained addon (I use it with Firefox) is now a staple in my browser. If you don't like all the extras that Facebook tries to shove down your throat, then add FB Purity. It is NOT spammy or dangerous as Facebook would have you believe.

    Cons

    None that I know of

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Exceeds expectations. Highly recommend."

    May 11, 2012  |   By kittelynn

    Version: Facebook Purity 3.1

    Pros

    Great product, great customer support. I have been using it for nearly a year to remove things I don't want to see like ads, chat box, trending articles bar, and side lists. Puts settings options in one easy to access location. Also good for filtering posts of things I don't want to see or hear about. Hides spam from my news feed. Also new, single-column timeline view.

    Cons

    This product has come a long way. Current version has no cons to speak of.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "wow, this script really rocks!"

    July 18, 2010  |   By jdeverest

    Version: Facebook Purity 3.1

    Pros

    I love this script, it makes using Facebook bearable. It really does clean out all the junk from your newsfeed, leaving just the important messages. No more silly trivial quiz rubbish etc.

    Cons

    Cant think of any!

    Summary

    Easy to install, easy to use, works brilliantly. Install the script and say goodbye to application spam and other annoying messages on Facebook, forever! :)
    Its also a free download, so what have you got to lose?

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Makes using Facebook a pleasure rather than a chore"

    July 13, 2010  |   By thesnazz

    Version: Facebook Purity 3.1

    Pros

    * it removes all the clutter from your facebook homepage/news feeds such as stupid application updates, messages about who became friends with who, who joined what group or likes what page, whether they updated their profile info or pic etc etc

    Cons

    There are no cons, the script is free, but if you like it as much as i do, you will want to make a donation to thank the developer for it

    Summary

    i could not go back to using facebook without this program, its a real life safer. If you want to stay sane on facebook, get this script now, you wont regret it!

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  • 5.0 stars

    "One Of The Most Useful GreaseMonkey Scripts Ever!!"

    July 12, 2010  |   By SpencerUk

    Version: Facebook Purity 3.1

    Pros

    Actually makes Facebook what it was designed to do..Communicate with your friends without having to see what games and crap they are playing..Just drives you insane seeing your feed clogged with that crap!

    Cons

    From what I can see so far....NONE, ZILT, NADAA

    Summary

    If you want to use your Facebook just for the social networking side of it and not for games, It's going to be the essential script to have!!

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