YouTube's crackdown on ad blockers expands to third-party apps

Vlad, 16 April 2024

Last year, YouTube launched a full-on assault against ad blockers in October, following an initial small scale experiment in June. Now, many months later, the crackdown is expanding.

YouTube has announced that it will be commencing enforcement of its anti-ad blocker policy on third-party apps that violate YouTube's Terms of Service. YouTube specifically calls out "ad-blocking apps", on this occasion, although we assume third-party players with ad blocking built-in could also be a target. If you try to use such an app, you'll see an error saying "The following content is not available on this app".

YouTube's crackdown on ad blockers expands to third-party apps

YouTube emphasizes that its terms don't allow third-party apps to turn off ads "because that prevents the creator from being rewarded for viewership, and Ads on YouTube help support creators and let billions of people around the world use the streaming service".

As always, YouTube unsurprisingly suggests you start paying for YouTube Premium if you don't like ads.



Reader comments

Speaking of that... People used to admire Facebook services despite everything that happened. And then TikTok came. Yes, Facebook is still alive and well but with less and less users, older and older generation. There's no platform that people c...

  • Anonymous
  • 22 Apr 2024
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still use adblocks, never see any adblock warnings. google (evil cartel owned by criminals) will always loose.

I'll gladly pay premium if not a subscription.

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