Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 19th Sep 2015 14:37 UTC
Internet & Networking

Let's talk ad-blocking.

With the arrival of iOS 9, ad-blocking is coming to mobile in a big way, and it's causing a lot of talk all over the web. It is highlighting the internal struggle some feel about the practice, but also the hypocrisy of some of its staunchest proponents. So far, it seems like the real 'bloodbath' isn't taking place where people thought it would be - namely, publishers - but among personalities.

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RE[2]: The elephant in the room
by bassbeast on Tue 22nd Sep 2015 08:19 UTC in reply to "RE: The elephant in the room"
bassbeast
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The problem with that argument is they refuse to take responsibility for the very real damage they are causing through selling ads from third parties that often sell to anybody, including malware pushers.

I had this argument with Jim Sterling of The Escapist when they had him going "boo hoo, blocking ads are stealing, boo hoo" and I simply placed links showing how many times The Escapist had shown malware infected ads. I asked "so is your company gonna pay for the very real damages you've caused by infecting users PCs? Are you gonna pay for the cleaning, the time they waste getting CC changed, any losses from stolen IDs?" and you'd be amazed how quickly they started throwing the ban hammer.

They keep comparing themselves to B&M newspapers and shops? Fine and dandy but when stores get hit with malware they have to pay sometimes to the tune of hundreds of millions of dollars. You can't have your cake and eat it too ad pushers, you want people to view your ads then you have to be responsible if they cause damages and pay for the losses. Don't like that? Then you have NO RIGHT to complain when people protect themselves by blocking your malware.

Nobody has a "right" to profit and I can tell you from years of working PC shop that if you block all ads? the infection rate drops so low one really doesn't even need an AV, the #1 source of malware is ads by such a large margin nothing even comes close.

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