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    I’ve been watching YouTube for years without Ads, and without issue, using AdBlockPlus

    This morning, the message in the Topic Title popped up for the first time, i.e.: “Ad blockers are not allowed on YouTube”

    I’m not going to get YouTube premium, and I’m not going to turn my Ad Blocker off, so do I have any alternatives other than to simply stop watching YouTube?

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    • #2593957

      Just checked YouTube running Chrome with uBlock Origin. No message no ads.

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    • #2593967

      I don’t know about ABP.

      As for uBlock Origin, apparently its author suggests disabling all of the filters other than the built-ins, which should get rid of the message.

      I did see it with uBlock with more filters than those enabled, but you can click the X and get rid of it for now.

      I will never pay Google a dime, nor will I watch their ads, ever. They have already made it so harsh for content creators that they turn to Patreon and merch sales to make money, and now they’re driving away the viewers that use those rather than watch ads. If they hadn’t broken web ads in the first place, they would not be facing this issue, at least not to the degree they do. It is the invasive, massive, spyware-laden, sometimes malware-laden ads that have made adblockers a necessary self-defense tool, and no one has led the charge for that kind of ads more than Google.

      This is about to get interesting, I think.

      EDIT: I have ViolentMonkey installed on Waterfox, and I went to YT, then clicked the ViolentMonkey button and selected “Find scripts for this site.” The very first entry was to remove the new Adblock not allowed screen. I installed the script, and it does work.

       

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    • #2593968

      This is interesting. I wasn’t aware of YouTube policy, go Premium for no ads on YouTube or if you don’t and continue to use your Ad Blocker they might stop video playback? https://support.google.com/youtube/answer/14129599?hl=en

      MacOS, iOS, iPadOS, and SOS at times.

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      • #2594042

        That page claims ad blocking is against the Youtube TOS, which is linked in the page cited. I did not see any reference to ad blockers, or anything that could be honestly interpreted to cover ad blocking.

        An adblocking user has merely chosen not to have his browser download or render unwanted parts of the page. That was the way the web was designed.

        HTML, of course, stands for hypertext markup language, and the idea was that the site would mark up the various parts of the page (“this is a header, this is some text, this is a picture, this is a table,” etc.), and the browser would render (or not render) each type of content according to the user’s choices.

        Ads, of course, are just another type of content. Choosing to skip that content type is not disabling, circumventing, or interfering with the service, any more than leaving the room during commercials is interfering with the service provided by the TV channel.

        The control of the browser was always meant to be in the user’s hands, not those of the owner of the sites he visits.

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    • #2594068

      but you can click the X and get rid of it for now.

      Yeah, that’s what I’m doing at present, without any obvious repercussions (i.e. I don’t see any ads after closing the pop-up)

      I’m pretty sure that won’t last though. And I’m pretty sure that plenty more sites will begin to enforce this nonsense in future

      My strategy up until now has been to simply stop visiting such sites if they try and insist on me disabling my ad blocker, but as the intrusion becomes more prevalent then I’ll have to find some other solution, perhaps by adding uBlock Origin as suggested

      It’s all too too depressing

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    • #2594099

      I also just went on YouTube using Firefox with the UBlock Origin extension, and no ads or message came up.  I watched a video too just to make sure it wasn’t a video thing.

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    • #2594319

      “Ad blockers are not allowed on YouTube”

      Enhancer for YouTube blocks this popup.

      I also just went on YouTube using Firefox with the UBlock Origin extension, and no ads or message came up. I watched a video too just to make sure it wasn’t a video thing.

      It doesn’t popup on every video (so far).

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      • #2595312

        Actually, I started seeing this message systematically in the last week on Firefox. I use uBlock Origin and the extension Enhancer for YouTube. Strangely, the message just shows up on Firefox, not on Chrome even though I also use uBlock Origin and Enhancer for YouTube on that browser. But I noticed I was connected to youtube with my google account on Firefox, but not on Chrome. So I disconnected, closed the web page, went back, and the message was gone. Coincidence ? Could be.

    • #2594473

      It’s the hot topic on the sub-Reddit for Ublock Origin ( r/ublockorigin ).  They’ve pinned the advice for responding to the current Google campaign.  Such as making sure your extension version is the latest, deleting custom filters, flushing the filter cache, and then updating all filters.

      For me, it was the custom anti-Youtube code I added to “My Filters” over the years, for blocking banners and popups for Youtube’s own services (TV, Music, shorts).

      Had to ditch all of that, and only use the default filter sets.   It’s a decent trade: I’ll tolerate those ads, in exchange for deleting the too-many ad breaks within the videos.

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    • #2594584

      It’s always been a game of cat and mouse between companies who want to try and sell us stuff that we don’t want, and us, who want to avoid watching the adverts trying to sell us the stuff that we don’t want

      In the olden days (way back before the internets) users had no choice. If they wanted to watch commercial TV they had to put up with the ads between, and even during, the programmes they wanted to watch

      And then video recording technology came along and we could record the programmes and simply skip over the ads. W007! for us, and Ha Ha! to them

      That didn’t last of course, so fast forward to the days of the internets, and all those of us who don’t want to watch their stoopid adverts trying to sell us stuff that we don’t want, well, we all got ourselves ad blockers

      So of course they had to find a way to block the ad blockers, and pretend that the only way that their sites can make money is if we’re forced to watch their ads. (Because their ads are good honest wholesome ads, not like those nasty ones that only try and give us viruses)

       

      The bottom line is that most of us DON’T WANT TO WATCH THEIR STOOPID ADVERTS. Why can’t they ever get that into their thick heads?

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    • #2594585

      Anyways, I’ve quite exhusted myself with that rant. I’m going to wait until clicking the X to close the pop-up stops working, before mussing with anything

      I try and keep the number of add-ins I have installed down to the barest minimum, and only installed when absolutely necessary

      Enhancer for YouTube sounds good, but it obviously only works for YouTube (hence its name), and I’ve a feeling that in the very near future I’ll need something that works for any site that attempts to force adverts down my throat without respecting my desire to block those adverts. So, uBlock Origin may be the better bet

      • #2594684

        I used Adblock with MS Internet Explorer many years ago. When I switched to Firefox I saw the UBlock Origin extention and gave it a try. It was much better than AdBlock.  I continue to use UBO and I don’t have much of a problem with adverts.  I also keep in mind that adverts help the website pay the bills so if an occasional non-intrusive ad comes up, I don’t mind.

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    • #2594636

      Redirect YouTube Videos in Firefox to play them without Ads

      ..Firefox users may use the open source extension YT Siphon as a fallback in their browser when they run into playback issues on YouTube. All it takes then is to press two keys on the keyboard to play the video in a third-party frontend in the browser. It is an excellent option to deal with this issue.

      All it takes is to download YT Siphon from the official Mozilla Add-ons repository. Interested users may also check out the project’s GitHub repository to verify the code…

      The extension adds two actions to YouTube. The first loads the open YouTube video in a third-party frontend when the keyboard shortcut Alt-J is activated.

      The second option adds a Shift-click option to YouTube to load any selected video in the configured frontend…

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    • #2594817

      Sooooo… I just now went onto YouTube, and now the pop-up displays a spinny graphic for a second or two before the X to close it appears

      I guess that within the next few days the X won’t appear at ALL, and then it will be decision time

      To be honest, I’m thankful for the suggestions here on how to circumvent their strongarm tactics, but I’m minded to say… you know what… to them, and just stop watching it entirely. I mainly watch it for the news, and the news at the moment is almost unrelentingly depressing so, no biggie

      • #2595226

        I guess that within the next few days the X won’t appear at ALL, and then it will be decision time

        I’m using Firefox.  Today I was given a countdown of 3 more videos before YouTube would block video playback.  Naturally, I accepted the challenge.

        YouTube-Blocker

        On the other hand, just right-click the video, select “Open Link in New Private Window”, and the video plays just fine in the New Private Window.  I’ll see how long that lasts, but I won’t see ads.

        Always create a fresh drive image before making system changes/Windows updates; you may need to start over!
        We were all once "Average Users". We all have our own reasons for doing the things that we do with our systems, we don't need anyone's approval, and we don't all have to do the same things.

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    • #2595338

      I just watched 3 random music videos on YT using Brave browser with no ad pop-ups.

      Will post a follow-up if that changes.

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    • #2595344

      I’ll see how long that lasts, but I won’t see ads

      Yeah, me neither (although I make a small exception to that rule by using the free mobile version of Duolingo, which inserts ads between lesson blocks)

      The “private browser” trick seems to work for the time being. I also don’t get the pop-up when I browse the Unity Asset Store and view an asset’s associated YouTube clip

      I really wish that there was an adult alternative to YouTube. I don’t mean an XXX version, just one that treated me like a grown-up. I don’t mind swearing, and I don’t mind seeing nudity or gore, but all those things currently get content creators demonetized

      Even if I decided to get a premium subscription (never gonna happen) THAT wouldn’t change, I’d still only ever get to watch the same watered down bowdlerized content

       

       

      P.S. Oh the irony! On a whim I just now decided to search for “alternatives to YouTube”, and the first comparison site I went to displayed a “Please disable your ad blocker” pop-up

      Blah, I don’t just need an alternative to YouTube, I need an alternative to the whole stoopid interweb

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    • #2595447

      I usually know what I want to view on YT and type it in the Search bar.  Lots of related suggestions come up along the right side which get my attention.  I’ve watched as many as 10 to 12 videos at a time without any problem.  I do use the Search bar a lot which takes me to different parts of YT and keeps me in my “comfort zone” as to what they propose I watch.

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    • #2595563

      Use This Extension to Block Sponsored Ads on YouTube

      .. if you shell out $13.99 per month to remove autoplay ads on YouTube, you still can’t get rid of sponsorship ads. No matter how you watch..

      To solve the problem, you can turn to a free, open-source and crowdsourced extension: SponsorBlock for YouTube. Volunteers submit “skip segments” to the platform when they find a video with an ad read..

      The extension is available in all popular browsers, and even in third-party, ad-free apps like LibreTube. ..

      If you dive into the extension’s settings, you can whitelist a channel you want to see sponsorship videos for, and you can disable automatic skipping if you’d like…

      https://sponsor.ajay.app/

      ..There are currently 13,033,165 users who have submitted 15,061,443 skip segments, which have saved a total of 1889 years and 95.37 days of people’s lives..

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    • #2595844

      Soooo… I haven’t changed anything on my system, but in the last couple of days I haven’t seen the peremptory “stop using your ad blocker” pop-up at all

      Now, I either just get a spinny thing for a few seconds before a clip starts, and/or I get some plain text advertising at the top of the screen

      It will be interesting to see whether or not it continues like this (it would also be interesting to know if other people are seeing the same thing)

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      • #2595881

        I’m on the B side of my dual boot at the moment, getting caught up on updates, and checked out YouTube.  Everything is normal, no notices, not even a spinny thing.  Videos just load and play.  I’ll check the A side when I finish with updates.

        Always create a fresh drive image before making system changes/Windows updates; you may need to start over!
        We were all once "Average Users". We all have our own reasons for doing the things that we do with our systems, we don't need anyone's approval, and we don't all have to do the same things.

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        • #2595885

          Back on the A side now, and YouTube is back to normal, not even a spinny thing.  Perhaps Google/YouTube realized a rather immediate negative effect to this particular campaign, maybe a noticeable drop in overall views.

          Always create a fresh drive image before making system changes/Windows updates; you may need to start over!
          We were all once "Average Users". We all have our own reasons for doing the things that we do with our systems, we don't need anyone's approval, and we don't all have to do the same things.

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      • #2596120

        Soooo… I haven’t changed anything on my system, but in the last couple of days I haven’t seen the peremptory “stop using your ad blocker” pop-up at all

        Hi NaNoNyMouse:

        According to MariuxReloaded’s 22-Oct-2023 post in the Malwarebytes forum topic Youtube add blocker :

        ” Yes, YT has started blocking the adblockers, that’s right. However, many adblockers, such as uBlock and AdGuard, have just rolled out a specific “anti-anti-adblocker” filter update and now this issue has been fixed.”

        I don’t know if this is actually true (I have both uBlock Origin and Malwarebytes Browser Guard installed in my default Firefox browser and I didn’t see any warnings about ad blockers today when I viewed a few videos on YouTube), but users posting in that thread are waiting to see if Malwarebytes follows suit and modifies the filter list(s) used by the Malwarebytes Browser Guard browser extension to try and circumvent this new YouTube policy.
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    • #2595918

      Perhaps Google/YouTube realized a rather immediate negative effect to this particular campaign, maybe a noticeable drop in overall views.

      Yeah, that was my immediate thought too

      I’m pretty sure we haven’t heard the last of this though

    • #2596129

      Hey Y’all,

      I have both UBO and MB Browser Guard installed and I got this today in FF.
      YouTubeBlocker

      I had been getting a similar popup but it had a little clock timer in the upper right corner that would turn to an X after the timer ran out and I could dismiss it and it didn’t come up for the rest of the FF session.

      Haven’t tested this yet to see if the 3 video limit is actually imposed.

      [UPDATE] yep it blocked playing videos after the third one!

      May the Forces of good computing be with you!

      RG

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    • #2596145

      The Windows Phone user agent bypasses YouTube’s annoying anti-ad-blocker pop-up.

      Google became notorious for its refusal to support the Windows Phone OS in any way, shape, or form. You could argue that it’s fair enough for a firm to not want to support a relatively small platform, however, Google went out of its way to actively sabotage third-party access as well. Microsoft itself built an excellent Windows Phone YouTube app for its era, only for it to receive an arbitrary block by Google.

      Windows Phone is having its last laugh from beyond the grave right now, since it has become a vector to bypass Google’s latest string of ad-blocker-blocks.

      By installing a user-agent switcher, like this one created and distributed by Google, you can switch your user-agent to Windows Phone.

      At least for right now the method of switching to the Windows Phone user-agent seems to completely remove the YouTube pop-up and allows you to get back to glorious ad-free viewing.

      Windows Phone gets revenge on YouTube from the grave by helping users bypass its ad-blocker-blocker

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      • #2596154

        Windows Phone is having its last laugh from beyond the grave right now, since it has become a vector to bypass Google’s latest string of ad-blocker-blocks. … By installing a user-agent switcher, like this one created and distributed by Google, you can switch your user-agent to Windows Phone.

        The ad-blocker-block is gone/impotent without any intervention on my part.  I use uBlock Origin and AdGuard AdBlocker with my Firefox browser.  The ad-blocker-block is rendered impotent via one or both of these extensions, or YouTube has pulled the ad-blocker-block for its own reasons.

        Either way, I didn’t do anything, and YouTube works normally again.

        Always create a fresh drive image before making system changes/Windows updates; you may need to start over!
        We were all once "Average Users". We all have our own reasons for doing the things that we do with our systems, we don't need anyone's approval, and we don't all have to do the same things.

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        • #2597458

          Yesterday (10/26/2023) YouTube re-blocked AdGuard AdBlocker, and I used Firefox “New private window” to watch YouTube videos without ads.

          This morning (~7:00AM Eastern) AdGuard AdBlocker issued an update, and YouTube videos can again be viewed in YouTube, without ads and without using “New private window”, if one is not signed in.  The block still works if one is signed into YouTube, but the “New private window” still works when one is signed in.

          Looks like a game of Cat and Mouse is underway.

          Always create a fresh drive image before making system changes/Windows updates; you may need to start over!
          We were all once "Average Users". We all have our own reasons for doing the things that we do with our systems, we don't need anyone's approval, and we don't all have to do the same things.

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    • #2597463

      Looks like a game of Cat and Mouse is underway.

      Very much so. I haven’t seen the obnoxious “Stop using your ad blocker” pop-up for a while now. What I have seen, sometimes, is the spinny thing plus (fairly unobtrusive) unclickable white text ads at the top of the screen. And then, sometimes, videos simply play as normal. And then, sometimes, all I see is the spinny thing, and no video plays at ALL

      YouTube took almost 30 billion dollars in ad revenue last year, that’s even with people using ad blockers. You’d think that maybe they could just let us not watch their stoopid advertisements in peace

    • #2597615

      I get the Google no ad blockers allowed message intermittently when running Opera with it’s ad blocker turned on. The fix is simple. Just click the big X in the upper right hand corner of the message window. The message goes away, then click the play button, and then all works as normal.

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    • #2597652

      These Ad Blocker messages are everywhere.  As if I want to support NBC’s fake news. They want you to think they’re going broke and we need to bail them out.


      Welcome to CNBC. Please support our journalism by allowing ads.

      With support from readers like you, we can continue to deliver the best in breaking business and market news. You can support us for free by allowing ads.

      iPhone 13, 2019 iMac(SSD)

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    • #2597682

      The fix is simple. Just click the big X in the upper right hand corner of the message window.

      Yeah, as mentioned above by @ascaris, and others, that fix works – for a while. But it’s a game of whack-a-mole, because they keep arbitrarily moving the goalposts (and it seems different for different people – perhaps depending on your location or something?)

      For instance at this particular moment in time I haven’t seen the pop-up for a week or so, and I’m able to watch uninterrupted, but I expect that will change again tomorrow

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      • #2598064

        The link within this article may help avoid ads by skipping opposed to blocking
        where there’s a will and all that..
        Available for Firefox and Chrome in respective browser stores fadblock ~159kb extension, safer getting it from the official stores rather than github IMO

        Win8.1/R2 Hybrid lives on...
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    • #2598011

      fadblock Chrome, Firefox extension

      “This blocker is designed to monitor advertisements, automatically seek the ads and skip them. It’s important to note that this doesn’t classify as traditional ad blocking, as the ad content is technically “loaded”.

      Nevertheless, the extension’s underlying logic enables it to fast-forward through the ad content to its conclusion. The entire process is optimized to occur within an extremely brief timeframe, typically <=50 milliseconds, ensuring a smooth and uninterrupted user experience…

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    • #2598277

      Yeah, I got that too but since it’s a Git Hub project and I have other things checking it I went ahead with it. YMMV!

      May the Forces of good computing be with you!

      RG

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    • #2598694

      I have noticed that a YouTube video you find via an internet search does have the opening commercial videos you can’t stop or fast forward thru. The same video that may be in one of your subscribed channels does start and play without the commercial videos.  At least that’s the way it seems to be right now.

      iPhone 13, 2019 iMac(SSD)

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    • #2599758

      YouTube is getting serious about blocking ad blockers

      YouTube has confirmed that it has ‘launched a global effort’ to crack down on ad blockers.

      YouTube is broadening its efforts to crack down on ad blockers. The platform has “launched a global effort” to encourage users to allow ads or try YouTube Premium, YouTube communications manager Christopher Lawton says in a statement provided to The Verge..

      YouTube confirmed that it was disabling videos for users with ad blockers in June, but Lawton described it as only a “small experiment globally” at the time. Now, YouTube has expanded this effort. Over the past several weeks, more users with ad blockers installed have found themselves unable to watch YouTube videos, with a post from Android Authority highlighting the increase in reports.

      Lawton maintains that the “use of ad blockers” violates the platform’s terms of service, adding that “ads support a diverse ecosystem of creators globally and allow billions to access their favorite content on YouTube.”..

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      • #2599764

        AdTube 🙁
        Although we are still not seeing ads with uBlock and noscript
        With some filters without an account 😉

        Win8.1/R2 Hybrid lives on...
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    • #2599836

      It’s breathtaking arrogance, isn’t it, for them to want to “crack down” on people with ad blockers, as if they’re the white knights and we’re some kind of shady criminal organisation?

      These are the same people who blithely use information about us as if it was their own personal property, to try and control and shape our lives

       

      Well, they seem to have discontinued the experiment (where I live at any rate) for now. I can currently watch their stoopid channel even with my evil ad blocker turned on. We’ll see what happens in the future

       

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      • #2599881

        It’s breathtaking arrogance, isn’t it, for them to want to “crack down” on people with ad blockers, as if they’re the white knights and we’re some kind of shady criminal organisation? These are the same people who blithely use information about us as if it was their own personal property, to try and control and shape our lives

        You hit the nail on the head

        Alice

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      • #2600231

        Got this reply from Malwarebytes Browser Guard to my support ticket on YouTube blocking.  Maybe help is on the way.

        “Thank you for taking the time to report this.  We are investigating reports of YouTube ads not being blocked and appreciate your patience while we investigate further.  We’ll be in touch when this issue has been resolved, And we will do another Malwarebytes Browser Guard update to address this issue. On behalf of Malwarebytes, I apologize for the inconvenience caused.”

        iPhone 13, 2019 iMac(SSD)

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    • #2600277

      Well, for me it’s decision time. After a couple of weeks of cat-and-mouse, if I go onto YouTube now, it’s impossible to watch anything. The “You are using an evil ad blocker” message can no longer be bypassed. So, my options are:

      1. Buy “Premium”. Not gonna happen. It’s a strange old world where you have to pay to NOT get something
      2. Turn off the ad blocker. Not gonna happen. I don’t want to see ads (except in some limited cases which I myself define). That’s why I use an ad blocker
      3. Install one of the things suggested here to bypass their ad-blocking-blocking system. Might happen, but the likelihood is that they’ll go after those things next. Soooo, I’m going to settle for option 4 instead, which is:
      4. Stop watching YouTube entirely

      Really, there are other alternatives. I’m not beholden to Google. I’ve simply deleted YouTube from my Favourites menu. THAT will show them!

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    • #2601184

      YouTube’s ad blocking crackdown is facing a new challenge: privacy laws

      Privacy advocates argue YouTube’s ad blocker restrictions violate the European Union’s online privacy laws.

      As YouTube tightens its restrictions on ad blockers, privacy advocates in the European Union are betting that government regulations can put a stop to the crackdown.

      One privacy expert, Alexander Hanff, filed a complaint in October with the Irish Data Protection Commission (DPC). Hanff argues that YouTube’s ad blocker detection system is a violation of privacy — a charge Google denies — and illegal under EU law. “AdBlock detection scripts are spyware — there is no other way to describe them and as such it is not acceptable to deploy them without consent,” Hanff tells The Verge. “I consider any deployment of technology which can be used to spy on my devices is both unethical and illegal in most situations.”..

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      • #2601193

        Privacy advocates argue YouTube’s ad blocker restrictions violate the European Union’s online privacy laws

        It feels to me like a bit of a stretch. Lots of companies sniff out how you’re using your browser, and plenty of companies apply anti-ad-block technology, without many eyebrows being raised

        Still, it’s always good to see people trying to bring Google down a peg or two, and if it happens anywhere then it’s most likely to be here in Europe

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        • #2601428

          I’ve been trying out DuckDuckGo’s Beta browser, which incorporates its own viewer and gives the option of using it or watching via YouTube.  The DuckDuckGo viewer seems quite immune to YouTube’s adblocker blocking.  The latest version is 0.56.1.

          Always create a fresh drive image before making system changes/Windows updates; you may need to start over!
          We were all once "Average Users". We all have our own reasons for doing the things that we do with our systems, we don't need anyone's approval, and we don't all have to do the same things.

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    • #2601502

      Interesting. I’ve used DDG as a search engine pretty much from day one, and I’ll be keeping an eye on this. I see that one of its four main selling points is “Watch YouTube without targeted ads”

      Thing is, now that Google have started aggressively going after ad blockers, I can see that they’d want to go after this too

      Also, I wonder if by “without targeted ads” they actually mean “you WILL get ads, but they just won’t be targeted or personalised”?

       

      • #2601510

        Thing is, now that Google have started aggressively going after ad blockers, I can see that they’d want to go after this too Also, I wonder if by “without targeted ads” they actually mean “you WILL get ads, but they just won’t be targeted or personalised”?

        When you click on a video, you’re given the option to use the “Duck Player” or watch on YouTube.  There is also a checkbox for “Remember my selection”.  I have not seen a single ad using the Duck Player other than those that the creator narrates during their sponsored videos.  There are no other ads of any kind.

        Try it for yourself.  You can download it from the DuckDuckGo search page.

        Always create a fresh drive image before making system changes/Windows updates; you may need to start over!
        We were all once "Average Users". We all have our own reasons for doing the things that we do with our systems, we don't need anyone's approval, and we don't all have to do the same things.

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    • #2601744

      I use Invidious which is a frontend for youtube. To use it substitute the [https://youtu.be/] with [https://yewtu.be/watch?v=] and add the youtube identifier after the equals sign. For example:

      becomes:

      It doesn’t need an independent player and works out of the box. The devs recommend using it with a Moz addon called Privacy Redirect

      The Invidious documentation can be found here

      A topical subject to test it with is the United24 site which the Ukrainian government made available. You can switch to another subject by replacing “united24” with whatever you want to watch instead.

      No need to login by the way.

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    • #2601745

      Thanks @bbearren, DuckDuckGo browser & Duck Player is now my goto YouTube plafform.

      May the Forces of good computing be with you!

      RG

      PowerShell & VBA Rule!
      Computer Specs

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      (This is a reply to a post by @unbob. I’ve posted it here rather than in the thread itself, because my reply is just an old man’s grumpy rant against the nonsense of the modern world and how the advertising industry is slowly but surely taking over everyone’s lives)

      https://www.malwarebytes.com/blog/news/2023/11/chrome-pushes-forward-with-plans-to-limit-ad-blockers-in-the-future

      It’s infinitely depressing

      They do it because they can

      They pretend it’s in our best interests

      And nobody with any clout stands up to them

      No need to look to the future for some grim dystopian world order. It’s here already

      The only thing that John Carpenter got wrong in They Live is that (spoiler alert) the aliens are… US

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