As someone who makes content, I never block it. That's because I want more content and blocking it will lead to less. That said, I'm trying to understand content blocking and what it means not just for my work on the web, but my life on it.
I had the chance to talk to several people about the technology at WWDC 2015 and it's absolutely clear to me no one is making content blockers to hurt any creators or any companies. They're doing it to give people more control over what they see, hear, and experience on the internet. It's a tool, and how it's used will determine if it's good or bad for you, me, and the websites we all know and love.
The WebKit blog, Surfin' Safari, has posted some more information about what content blockers are and how the extensions work.
If you're considering making or using a content blocker in Safari for iPhone or iPad, read the rest and let me know what you think and why.
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Rene Ritchie is one of the most respected Apple analysts in the business, reaching a combined audience of over 40 million readers a month. His YouTube channel, Vector, has over 90 thousand subscribers and 14 million views and his podcasts, including Debug, have been downloaded over 20 million times. He also regularly co-hosts MacBreak Weekly for the TWiT network and co-hosted CES Live! and Talk Mobile. Based in Montreal, Rene is a former director of product marketing, web developer, and graphic designer. He's authored several books and appeared on numerous television and radio segments to discuss Apple and the technology industry. When not working, he likes to cook, grapple, and spend time with his friends and family.