This is new to me, people have been abusing ad-blocking extensions to achieve political goals and censor some websites 😖 https://github.com/uBlockOrigin/uBlock-issues/issues/285 #censorship #adblocking
I think it would always be a potential risk, especially when there are only a few maintainers for some languages, but at least anyone doing this is easily caught due to lists being opensource..
at work I try to set up ad filters for *every* language that someone may read a website in, what also worries me is how many prominent countries have *no* filters (this to me suggests that entire tech community there is heavily dependent on adtech so is unwilling to make them)
I only use the filters for EN, DE, NL and FR - but I've not seen anything bad/unusual with these. To be fair the FI overblocking was quickly detected (although its not clear from the Github discussion if the filter *has* been removed)
An amusing consequence of using adblockers is I have learned in many more languages at least the words for "you have your adblocker turned on, please turn it off" 😆
@x0rz This is sadly not new
@x0rz I can remember imagining this in early 2017.
eventually, it is indeed a tool for censorship.
Intended for the good and very effective.
Too good to skip abuse attempt.
The future we deserve.
@x0rz we knew that would happen. With great power comes great yadda yadda.
I appreciate uBlock's reaction to this (swift removal of the list), though. That's how it should be handled.
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