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Hide Twitter Image and Video Previews
Twitter ambushed its users Tuesday when the social media giant forced an update wherein photo and videos are posted as fully visible on user timelines.
Despite a chorus of "do not want" from Twitter users, the company has not been forthcoming in meeting the needs of those users.
For more than a few people, the change made Twitter into a service too risky to use at work, around family or in public spaces - or in some cases, they've seen work-related material they're not supposed to.
Users can turn off image and video previews in Twitter's ad-riddled mobile versions for Android and iOS - but not in desktop (browser) versions.
There's a solution: Here's how to hide those images with AdBlock.
Quick jump to mini-tutorials:
- Hide Twitter preview images and videos using AdBlock in Chrome (1 page).
- Use AdBlock to hide Twitter preview images and videos in Firefox (3 pages).
- See also: Fix Twitter Tumblr (Windows - CSS workaround).
This stops the nonconsensual preview action.
But to see the image or video, you'll need to click the image or video link.
Instead of previews being shown full-on in your timeline (like the screenshot above, but probably less fun) it will look like this:
Chrome AdBlock Options
There is no need to download the AdBlock Element Hiding Helper - but you should (obviously) have AdBlock Plus installed on your browser. It's an excellent tool, so if this Twitter issue is your introduction to AdBlock, you'll almost be glad for the Twitter annoyance.
Resist the temptation to click the AdBlock icon in the browser bar; in this case, the Easy Create Filter will only block one image at a time.
In the Chrome browser, go up to Window > Extensions to open your Chrome extensions on a new tab.
You'll see AdBlock Plus in the list (as above). Click AdBlock's Options.
Click the tab Add Your Own Filters.
The tab for Add Your Own Filters will have a line where you'll add:
Then click the + Add Filter button. And that's it!
Next page: Use AdBlock to hide Twitter preview images and videos in Firefox (3 pages).