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Facebook, Adblock Plus Spar Over Ad Blocking

Facebook and the Adblock open-source community keep thwarting each other’s efforts 8/15/2016 7:40 AM Eastern Last updated at 8/15/2016 8:08 AM
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The last few days have seen a back-and-forth battle between Facebook and ad-blocking technology company Adblock Plus.

 

On Aug. 9 Facebook announced it had found a way around Adblock’s technology, allowing it to show ads to users who have Adblock’s software installed on their devices. “Rather than paying ad blocking companies to unblock the ads we show — as some of these companies have invited us to do in the past — we’re putting control in people’s hands with our updated ad preferences and our other advertising controls,” Andrew Bosworth, VP of ads and business platforms for Facebook, wrote in a blog post.

 

That didn’t last long: by Aug. 11, Adblock’s community of users had found a way around Facebook’s anti-ad blocking efforts, with a new Adblock Plus filter again blocking ads on Facebook.

 

“Facebook might ‘re-circumvent’ at any time,” Ben Williams, spokesman and operations manager for Adblock, wrote in an Aug. 11 blog post. “ … This sort of back-and-forth battle between the open source ad-blocking community and circumventers has been going on since ad blocking was invented; so it’s very possible that Facebook will write some code that will render the filter useless — at any time.”

 

Read more at B&C.

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