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i'm guessing that you actually have a bunch of other sites blocked in your hosts file, as well. on the assumption that you do, do you ever see any network performance issues related to this? i used to maintain a rather large hosts file for this purpose, but eventually gave it up because i suspected that it had started doing more harm than good.

No, facebook has a special place in my heart, which is why they got 'special treatment'.

Other than the usual suspects and FB my host file is empty.

I can see how a huge hostfile would impact performance, and I would advice against using it to block a very large number of hosts.

Some of these hostnames are quite arcane to me (peace.facebook.com); did you get them from a list somewhere or did you identify each one of them yourself?

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