Adblock Plus – A double-edged sword

Adblock Plus   A double edged sword

We received an email from the developer of this app just yesterday and weren’t entirely sure what to do.


As you’ll no doubt be aware, this site is funded by advertising. The same can be said for the many thousands of “free” apps in the Google Play store. Ads pop up while you’re using the application or game. Sure, some are worse than others. Some apps take over your notification system and they’re constantly popping up to tell you about some annoying offer or deal you’re not really interested in.

In that sense, I can understand some people wanting to install Adblock Plus. However, the developers of this product say..

It blocks all online advertising when browsing, and when using your favorite apps like Angry Birds. It is 100% free and makes your Android device much more enjoyable.

Great, but what if everyone installed this app and Angry Birds developers Rovio suddenly lost their advertising revenue? Like us, they wouldn’t be able to operate. Developers would have to start charging for more apps and games. If this app gets used widely then you’d begin to see a big decline in ad-supported apps on Google Play.

Please, if you like the free game you’re playing and there’s a “paid” version, upgrade. If you’re a regular user of a site like ours, please don’t block the ads. They keep us online.

Link –  Google Play

 

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  • John Kyle

    I heartily support this article!
    I don’t mind in game/app adverts and I un-install those that push notifications (unless I upgrade to a paid version). Also I would like to say that the ad’s are very well done here on CSP. They are there if I want them but don’t intrude on the website at all. Two thumbs up boys!

  • Laurent

    I totally agree, people should start asking themselves how free apps are possible at all. Apps like AdBlocker are destructive and shouldn’t be used.

  • wantingtobesomethingimnot

    Saw this on various other sites weeks ago and to be fair, they seem to get it.

  • Nigel Reid

    Ads still are in paid apps so use lucky patch to remove ads so you get what you paid for.

  • so pardon my ignorance here, are advertisers/app developers able to tell if someone uses an app like this and the ads are blocked? similarly are website administrators able to tell too??