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Thursday, November 16, 2023

YouTube accused of using “illegal” Adblock detection tech in their push to get users to subscribe to YouTube Premium

Information reaching Kossyderrickent has it that YouTube accused of using “illegal” Adblock detection tech in their push to get users to subscribe to YouTube Premium.

Over the last few months, YouTube has continued to crack down on people using browser plugins to block ads in videos uploaded to the site.

If the website detects that you’ve installed adblock, it will limit you to just a few videos before disabling your access to view uploads entirely. YouTube has been accused of using an “illegal deployment” of AdBlock detection tech in their push to get users to subscribe to YouTube Premium, their service that provides ad free viewing.

It might seem sudden, but the move has been in the making for some time, with YouTube first testing the process in June, according to an article on tech site the Verge.

Fast-forward to now and this test is ramping up. If YouTube detects you are using ad blockers, a pop up will appear saying: “Ad blockers are not allowed on YouTube.”

It then describes how ads make YouTube free, and asks people to sign up to YouTube Premium if they don’t want to watch ads. YouTube hasn’t responded to the complaints as of writing, but we’ll be sure to update you if they do. In the meantime, you can keep it locked to Dexerto for more news.

In the rest of the thread, Hanff shared the link to the DPC’s website as well as the content of his complaint for pointers if others want to do it as well.

“If the DPC receives only my complaint it won’t get attention for at least 18 months – if they receive 10 000 complaints it will seriously eat into their budget (it costs money to handle complaints) and will “motivate” them to act much faster,” he added.

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