Did Google Paid Off AdBlock Plus to Not Block Google Ads?

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Gizmodo said:
Any advanced Internetter knows that the best way to enjoy the pure Internet is to get an ad blocker. It zaps away all the excess and gives you the meaty good stuff. However, it looks like companies are figuring ways to circumvent ad blockers... by paying them off. Google is reportedly paying one of the most popular ad blockers, AdBlock Plus, to not block Google's ads.

Basically, Google is getting Google ads whitelisted from the ad blocking service. It's unclear how much Google is paying AdBlock Plus and what other companies are doing the same but AdBlock Plus has always (since 2011, at least) maintained a whitelist to allow ads that are nonintrusive to exist on the Internet. AdBlock Plus describes the whitelist specifics:

Whitelisting is free for all small websites and blogs. However, managing this list requires significant effort on our side and this task cannot be completely taken over by volunteers as it happens with common filter lists. That’s why we are being paid by some larger properties that serve nonintrusive advertisements that want to participate in the Acceptable Ads initiative.

Read more: http://gizmodo.com/google-supposedly-paid-off-adblock-plus-to-not-block-go-682029020


Thanks for the share Jack. Google are really starting to get under my skin, and Microshaft come to think of it.


Yes I have that box unchecked, but it's still not good to see adblock+ doing deals like this. Oh well everyone seems to be at it just lately.


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This is like a popular malware distributor asking an Anti Malware company to not block the malware they distribute...

If I was the owner of Adblock+ I would've said that I don't want a single penny from them. :D


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the news popped up in tomshardware today so its not the same as the checkbox in option menu.

apparently they are paying them to remove certain ad's or ad's on certain websites from their blocking list.

the good news is that there's no proof of it yet BUT, if one surfaces then i personally will remove my google account and stop using their products all at once. first it was the privacy agreement changes last year, then PRISM and now this.


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Google has much more backing from the Federal Government though.

John Rockefeller was worth 2% of GDP. Google will surpass that while not being considered a monopoly. Google is above the law and the White House seems to be OK with that.

Oh well everyone seems to be at it just lately.
It seems like almost everyone has no since of loyalty, or any principles, any more. It seems that anyone can be bought. It might look cute now, but in the end it is going to rip the world apart.


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An option for a replacement that I just stumbled across: http://www.ghacks.net/2013/07/03/hellboy-firewall-is-a-powerful-but-lightweight-adblocker-for-firefox/

It does have its drawbacks, however.
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