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How to Block Porn on Facebook

Here's the issue with Facebook:

Facebook is technically moderated and does not allow explicit content on their site. The problem is that how people define pornography is getting less strict, to say the least.

There are also a lot of things you can see easily on Facebook that - while not technically porn - can have the same effect as porn, or lead us down a path into full-scale porn use.

So how do you block this stuff on Facebook?

While you can't totally police the content you see on Facebook, there are some options that go beyond the privacy and content settings that Facebook provides. If you want to set those first, I'd recommend making adjustments to your Feed Preferences.

After you do that, here are the additional methods I would recommend to avoid and/or block porn on Facebook.

Need to read it quick? Here are our four main methods for blocking porn on Facebook

  1. Just delete Facebook (especially the mobile app) - By far, the most effective option is to quit Facebook. That's way easier than quitting porn or avoiding smut (that could lead to porn use) on the platform.
  2. Use image based accountability - Programs like Covenant Eyes both block and use image analysis with the buddy system. It'll pick up stuff on Facebook just like it would any other website. This works especially well for desktops and laptops.
  3. iPhone content restriction - Setup your iPhone to block content and restrict access to particular apps. This method is kind of hit or miss.
  4. Net Nanny - Ideal for kids on Facebook, Net Nanny is one of the most comprehensive solutions available and can help with a wide range of social media.

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1. Quit Facebook

There are a litany of reasons for to delete your Facebook account, but I'll try to boil it down.

First, it's much easier to quit Facebook than it is to quit porn. If Facebook begets porn, than cutting off Facebook is a far simpler solution than trying to navigate the wide range of content you might come across when on the platform.

Second, Facebook is - in general - a horrendous waste of time.

Even if you're not struggling with porn, the amount of time we spend on social media is - at the end of the day - worthless.

It does nothing for us.

Need more motivation to leave Facebook? Here's plenty.

2. Use image-based accountability software

Covenant Eyes Screenshot

Like we mentioned above, Covenant Eyes not only blocks and filters, but it actually uses image reading AI to keep you accountable using the buddy system.

It's particularly effective on a desktop or laptop computer.

If you want to continue using Facebook, I would only do so on a laptop or desktop with Covenant Eyes installed, then delete the Facebook app on all mobile devices.

You can checkout Covenant Eyes via the box below.

The most effective way to stop using porn

Covenant Eyes is an accountability program that allows you to send reports to trusted friends and/or family members that will show them your internet activity and help keep you free from pornography.

3. iPhone parental controls and filters

If you're using the Facebook app on an iPhone, I would reiterate that it's far better to just delete the app. However, if you don't want to do that, you can engage several parental controls and filters that can either limit the app, or block content at the discretion of the algorithm.

This is hit or miss when you're dealing with Facebook, but it's better than nothing.

Follow these steps:

  1. Go to settings
  2. Screen time
  3. Content & Privacy Restrictions
  4. Content Restrictions

From here, you'll need to set up a passcode and entrust it to someone else so that you don't know it. At that point you'll have a variety of different ways you can control and block content. You can even limit the use of particular apps.

Once it's done, you'll set the passcode, back out of settings and be good to go.

After you're out of settings the passcode is active and needs to be entered again to change those settings.

If you're married, your spouse is the best person to be handling this passcode.

4. Net Nanny (particularly good for kids on Facebook)

If you're looking for a solution for your kids that gives you centralized and downright authoritarian control over screens and screen time - including Facebook - Net Nanny is the most comprehensive solution available.

They've been going since 1996 and allow you complete control over multiple devices.

You can do up to five devices for around $55 per year.

It's a great deal and will allow you to block apps, filter content, and monitor use, all from a single dashboard.

You can try it out here:

Note: We are not a Net Nanny affiliate, but are still happy to recommend them. It's a great solution, especially for big families.

Conclusion

The best way to handle social media is always going to be avoiding it 

But if that's not an option for you, one - or a combination - of the other three options can help you stay away from content that doesn't meet the threshold of Facebook moderation. 

Never mind that the standards of social media moderation tend to fluctuate, to put it mildly.

If you have any questions, feel free to use the comments section below, and we'll do our best to help out.

See you there.

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  • Adam Grainger

    Adam is a software engineer with experience in blocker software and VPNs. He has helped produce software and written content for a number of churches and organizations to help people stay focused and have a better experience online.

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