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Facebook to forcefeed you web ads, whether you like it or not: Ad blocker? Get the Zuck out!

Charles 9 Silver badge

Re: I'm wondering

"As long as the ads follow a pattern, they can be blocked. FB can use anti-adblock javascript. Stubborn users can use with JS disabled. FB can make the mobile site JS-mandatory. Users can rebel against JS... on and on it goes..."

Simple. Ads can be text-based in nature and served inline to the content. No way to block it without blocking the content, too. Image-based ads can be baked into legit pictures from the article, again making it all-or-nothing. Using randomly-generated tags ensures (a) the visit can be traced, and (b) the ads can't be easily blocked because the content has a similar tag. No JavaScript or external content necessary, and the content's loading can be detected server-side, meaning there's no way to avoid it without at least downloading the content, wasting your bandwidth, and triggering the demographics.

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