How to hide “What’s happening” trending topics on Twitter.com (working October 2020)

Adam Greenough · 21st October 2020 · Filed under

Twitter can be a great source of connections, industry news and light-hearted fun (if you follow the right people!). Unfortunately, the “What’s happening” trending topics sidebar can be a constant source of misery that by now can be simply too much to bare. If you’d rather keep on top of your news and trends in a more mindful way rather than have it shoved in your face every time you browse your feed then here’s what you can do.

uBlock Origin

uBlock Origin (Chrome, Firefox, Edge) is a fantastic ad blocking tool which blocks a huge array of banner advertisements, analytics, tracking and even Twitter promoted posts and YouTube video ads.

As a bonus, it also comes with a nifty feature that allows you to set your own blocking rules.

Once installed, click the uBlock Origin button in your browser toolbar and select the ‘Dashboard’ icon (looks like three lines with sliders on them). On the dashboard page, select ‘My Filters’ from the top bar.

The ‘My Filters’ page will show a large text box. You may find it empty or populated with custom rules you have already created. We’re able to add to this list to block any elements we please. Simply paste in your desired filters from below and select ‘Apply Changes’ when done.

Filter Rules

Twitter’s dynamically generated HTML & CSS classes can make targeting specific elements a little fiddly. Fortunately, there are a number of accessibility labels and other fingerprints we can target to purge the website of unwanted features.

Hide the ‘What’s happening’ sidebar

! Hide the 'What's happening' sidebar on Twitter.com
twitter.com##*[aria-label="Timeline: Trending now"]