Ghostery supports the decision to pull Peace ad blocker, which used its script library
The decision by developer Marco Arment to voluntarily pull his iOS 9 ad blocker, Peace, earlier this week got a public show of support by Ghostery, the maker of the scripting tools licensed by Arment. Ghostery says:
Ghostery added that it feels there are still some issues with the current state of the online ad industry and that it will continue to work on these problems with its other products.
Source: Ghostery (opens in new tab)
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Shame on them, shame on Mr. Arment for this debacle. You've lost me sir, I won't be reading your blog or listening to your podcast anymore.
Too bad more tech people won't follow the example of Mr. Rene Ritchie. Openly admitting to feeling the pressure of this but openly admitting he understands users frustrations. Classy guy who has never crapped on his viewers/listeners/readers. He knows it's important to show respect and he will come out of this looking a lot better then many of his peers. Sent from the iMore App
This is clearly a case where Marco got a backlash from his 'peers' in the tech industry who's revenue from advertising was being threatened by 'Peace'. Did he lose friends? Is he going to win them back by pulling out the app? No one knows. But he did what he felt was the right thing to do. Sent from the iMore App
a lot of people are not aware of the process
a lot of the people who purchased Marco's app will not know he's abandoned it and as such there will be a low refund rate
First, he uses his reputation to sell the app, then he discovers his conscience. I simply do not believe this. Meanwhile, he has piled up a heap of money. I do not believe that more then ten percent go and ask for a refund. Shame on You, Mr Arment, and shame on Your mannerisms. Ads suck, and it is high time that someone rise and act against them.
If the site has so much crap on it that I'm afraid to even scroll or made to scroll to see the content that's on the ads and website.
The ad companies and websites created this mess so I think it's up to them to figure out how to fix it.
Maybe if it hadn't been abused then we wouldn't have seen a content blocker go to number one on the App Store so quick.
Before we start with the need to pay for content I have subscription to Washington post, nyt and wsj so I don't mind paying for my news. Granted I buy the subs when I see a price reduction. Sent from the iMore App
I think Rene has been very upfront that something needs to be done with how some of the ads are presented to us.
I'm assuming and hoping that decisions about content is kept separate from the decision making on ads.
If content blockers cut to much into the income of the website owners then they will have to rethink their business model. No different than the checkout person at Walmart when self checkout came along. Or the manual machinist when CNC machines took over Or the factory worker when robots took over mass manufacturing.
Welcome to technology. Shit is always changing.
1) Amount of Data used by the Ads and scripts (I've seen more used by Ads on some sites than the site content themselves)
2) The level of tracking (I don't believe any honour the 'Do Not Track' setting of the browser)
3) The amount of 3rd Party script/code used (some times it goes to lots of different sites)
4) The use of Flash on some Ads In the mobile world I pay for data , so #1 is a big factor in decisions, especially as some sites can load 5x faster if you disable Ad content. From a security (of PC/Mac) options #3 and #4 are my biggest worry, we've already seen some Malware served from Ad related activities, as such this needs to be resolved. If my PC gets infected, or I detect Malware when I browse a website (e.g. iMore) I will blame the Website, not the Ad network they use. As such the reputation of the Website can suffer because of poor security of any Ad related stuff (especially the often reliance on external scripting libraries) The refusal of Ad Networks to honour the 'Do Not Track' setting has probably prompted Apple to allow content blockers as a means to allow users to control the level of privacy they have. As such to a level the Ad companies have brought this on themselves. It's the sites like iMore that will suffer for their (Ad network's) arrogance.
Complete BS. Posted via the iMore App for Android