Hide like counts on Twitter and karma points on Reddit with uBlock Origin

Hide like counts on Twitter and karma points on Reddit with uBlock Origin

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Improve your digital wellbeing by getting rid of all the stats pushed on you by social media
Hide like counts on Twitter and karma points on Reddit with uBlock Origin July 30, 2021

Summary

The post is about how I use the adblocker uBlock Origin to hide like/retweet counts on Twitter, and karma points on Reddit.

The motivation being that by removing all these stats social media pushes on you, you can have a better experience on these platforms and improve your digital wellbeing.

To remove all the tweet/post/user stats, install uBlock Origin for your browser, copy the filters from this Github repo and paste it into the 'My filters' section.

These filters are mainly for people who use Reddit and Twitter on their desktops, sorry mobile app users. It could be used on mobile with a Firefox-uBlock combo (Android) or Safari-AdGuard (iOS), but I haven't tested them. The filters could be used in adblockers other than uBlock Origin, but you'll have to check first.

Why I created these filters

The initial reason was to stop myself from getting upset over downvotes on Reddit. I'm particularly active on the subreddit for my home state, but saying anything unpopular has consequences with trolls downvoting your comment and bringing down your overall user karma.

I was angry about this in the beginning, but realised that I could either stop expressing my opinions to keep my karma from going down, or I could continue saying what I have to say. I decided to not censor myself, and do something so that others' downvotes don't affect me.

The solution I came up with was to use my adblocker to hide my user karma from my screen, and also hide how many downvotes my comments are getting. So the points become out of sight, out of mind and I don't stress over them anymore.

This is a screenshot of a subreddit…
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