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Old 08-25-2013, 12:35 PM   #1
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Default A new way to block online ads? '-}}

There was an interesting article on advertising and social media in The Washington Post on Friday:

"In May, a handful of advertisers, including the British division of Nissan, threatened to stop advertising on Facebook after their ads appeared on pages promoting rape and violence against women."


While this is not really a laughing matter, I did have to laugh at this:

"After a temporary boycott by some advertisers, the social network said it would review its users’ pages to determine whether they are “ad safe” for advertisers. Those identified as not “ad safe” will no longer receive advertising, the company said."


It appears that if one is not already using some sort of browser-based ad-blocker add-on, perhaps adding ad-inappropriate keywords or phrases (Alexander Pope's "The Rape of the Lock" anyone?) on one's pages whether visible, hidden text (white on white), meta tag keywords might also function as an ad-blocker?

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Clearly it's more important for the advertisers to be safe than for the users of Facebook .... ?

The trouble with norty word filters is that words like parapet get blocked unless the controller of the list is skilled enough to know to add one or more spaces.

   
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My biggest problem is that on my iPad, I can't prevent the advertisers from offering me 'Asian women'. Grrr!

And this is on pages not my own, but provided by commercial interests who welcome the ads. There was a time when I could report these ads, but those options disappeared a couple of years ago.

   
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I can just imagine! '-}}

I don't know enough about how tablets work but do you use a browser on the tablet? if so, can you choose which one and are there add-ons to block ads? I'm so used to using AdBlock in Firefox that when I get online on someone else's system who doesn't use an adblock add-on, I get so nauseated that I can't use the system for long and I'm so happy to get back to my nice ad-free system...'-}}

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I can just imagine! '-}}

I don't know enough about how tablets work but do you use a browser on the tablet? if so, can you choose which one and are there add-ons to block ads? I'm so used to using AdBlock in Firefox that when I get online on someone else's system who doesn't use an adblock add-on, I get so nauseated that I can't use the system for long and I'm so happy to get back to my nice ad-free system...'-}}
Yes, the tablets use browsers, but AdBlock only works on the newer iPads that use iOS6, unfortunately.

   
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Mention (and get your friends/acquaintances to mention) on facebook et al that the ads are inappropriate and that they're enough to make you seriously consider avoiding the site and any other advertisers. Mention the site and advertisers by name.

   
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Mention (and get your friends/acquaintances to mention) on facebook et al that the ads are inappropriate and that they're enough to make you seriously consider avoiding the site and any other advertisers. Mention the site and advertisers by name.
Good idea, Steve. I can also report it to the owner of the site, which is a game that can be played on FB itself or on their own site, which interacts with FB.

   
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Bummer...

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You could probably get some suggestions in Gadgets & Gear Community over on CompuServe since there are plenty of experienced over time Apple and Android users. I would have expected some apps for ad blocking before the latest iOS for example?

   
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You could probably get some suggestions in Gadgets & Gear Community over on CompuServe since there are plenty of experienced over time Apple and Android users. I would have expected some apps for ad blocking before the latest iOS for example?
Thanks, Hugh - I'll go and ask. I'll have to join up again, I imagine, because I haven't used my last account for several years. I was surprised to find that AdBlock didn't work for iOS5...

   
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