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Google starts punishing AdBlock users with unskippable YouTube video ads

Advert blocking extensions are becoming increasingly popular on the Internet, and websites that rely on adverts to fund their existence react in different ways. Some have added a tip jar, started a Patreon account, or simply show a message asking visitors to disable the ad blocker. Google, it seems, is taking more drastic action on YouTube and bypassing AdBlock completely. It’s also punishing users for having it enabled.

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Yi-Long2530d ago

ABP is the reason I'm still on YT. Before ABP, the constant ads already pushed me away very very quickly whenever an ad started running.

This whole 'forced ads' is completely lame anyway. There are products and brands we ARE excited about, so they should just market the ads in such a way that people WANT to watch and share them with friends and such. Funny ads will go viral, and good products will get positive word-of-mouth.

Instead, they force me to watch ads for stuff I'll never be interested, and by forcing them I even grow a huge dislike towards the product/service they're trying to sell me.

Persistantthug2530d ago

Simple fix......

Don't use CHROME.

Use FIREFOX. :)

Dasteru2530d ago

Still works fine for me. Multiple sites have supposedly started blocking Adblock users outright but they all still work fine when i try.

Stringerbell2530d ago

I disabled adblock on YouTube ages ago. I have my established channels that I watch on the daily, dont mind bearing a 5 second ad knowing it helps those channels out.

annoyedgamer2530d ago

The day they ban Adblock users is the day I quit Youtube.

DragoonsScaleLegends2529d ago

Why does it matter if you quit? By using AdBlock you're already worthless to Google.

Bobafret2530d ago

They have to generate revenue somehow, I don't know why people think everything is free.

mushroomwig2530d ago

Generating revenue is fine, bombarding users with advertising is not. There's got to be some other way to deal with this situation that pleases everybody.

Speed-Racer2529d ago

Quite right mushroom. Even as a publisher myself, many sites overdo it with ads AND publishers don't work to load ads in a more timely manner either. For instance I have ditched one of my advertising partners because they refuse to update their scripts. They load over 20 different domains in the background before selecting the best ad to show, and each requests loads up on your site's end.

freshslicepizza2529d ago

then explain to me why after paying to see a movie at the theater i am still bombarded with ads? and no i am not talking about movie trailers. people are sick of all the ads being pushed on them, same with paying for cable at home. i agree there should be ads on free stuff like youtube but not to the point of discouraging consumers to look for alternative sources.

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