How to turn off the recommended pages on Facebook

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How to turn off the recommended pages on Facebook
Facebook considers your searches public information. (Getty Thinkstock)

In 2010 Facebook launched Instant Personalisation. The idea is to link users to things all over the Internet, rather than just their friends and family. Facebook adds recommended pages to your time-line based on searches you or your friends have conducted. These could be anything from musicians to restaurants to products. However, if you prefer not to receive them, it is easy to switch off Instant Personalisation and stop recommended pages appearing on your profile.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • Computer
  • Internet connection
  • Facebook account

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Navigate to Facebook. Login using your email address and password.

  2. 2

    Click on the “Tools” icon in the top left-hand corner of the page. The icon looks like a small, grey cog. Select “Privacy Settings” from the drop-down menu.

  3. 3

    Click on “Apps” from the menu on the left-hand side of the page. This will bring up the “Apps Settings” page.

  4. 4

    Scroll down to the “Instant Personalisation” heading. Click on “Edit” to the right of the text. This will bring up a dialogue box labelled “Understanding Instant Personalisation.” Click the “Close” button in the bottom right-hand corner of the box. The “Instant Personalisation” panel will now have expanded.

  5. 5

    Click on the box beside the label “Enable instant personalisation on partner websites.” This will turn off the recommended pages appearing on your profile.

Tips and warnings

  • If you want to start recieving recommended pages, simply check the box next to
  • “Enable instant personalisation on partner websites.”

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