YouTube cracks down on ad blockers

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YouTube is taking a stand against the use of ad blockers to circumvent advertising content on its platform. A spokesperson for the Google-owned video platform recently told Insider that YouTube has launched a global effort urging viewers running ad blockers to either enable ads on the site or try its premium (paid) ad-free experience.

The rep added that using an ad blocker on YouTube is against the site’s terms of service. “Ads support a diverse ecosystem of creators globally and allow billions to access their favorite content on YouTube,” the spokesperson noted.

YouTube started limiting video views for ad-block users back in June as part of a limited experiment, with some users receiving prompts informing them that the video player would be blocked after three videos if they did not disable the blocker or sign up for YouTube Premium.

At that time, YouTube Premium, the subscription ad-free experience, was priced at $11.99. Over the summer, however, YouTube quietly increased the price of the membership by nearly 17 percent to $13.99 a month, or $139.99 for a full year (which works out to about $11.66 per month).

Impacted users have been increasingly vocal about the change on social media platforms like Twitter and Reddit, with some sharing tips on how to get around YouTube’s ad-blocker detection using various browser extensions and other tweaks. Others are adamant in their belief that submitting to YouTube’s wishes will result in a permanent ad blocker ban.

The sources for this piece include an article in TechSpot.

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