YouTube is testing a new policy that would prohibit the use of ad blockers on the platform. The move has been met with mixed reactions from users, with some expressing frustration and others understanding the need for ads to support creators.
According to a report by The Verge, YouTube users are starting to see a prompt warning them that ad blockers are not allowed on the platform. The prompt gives users the option to disable their ad blocker, subscribe to YouTube Premium, or watch a limited number of videos before being blocked.
YouTube has confirmed that the prompt is part of a test that began over the summer. The company says that ads are essential to supporting creators, and that it is looking for ways to reduce ad blocking.
Users who are unhappy with the new policy argue that ads are intrusive and disruptive, and that they should have the right to block them. Others worry that the new policy will force them to subscribe to YouTube Premium, which costs $11.99 per month.
YouTube has said that it is listening to feedback from users and that it may adjust the policy in the future. In the meantime, users who see the prompt can either disable their ad blocker, subscribe to YouTube Premium, or watch a limited number of videos before being blocked.
The sources for this piece include an article in Mashable.