"Peace required that all ads be treated the same — all-or-nothing enforcement for decisions that aren’t black and white. This approach is too blunt, and Ghostery and I have both decided that it doesn’t serve our goals or beliefs well enough. If we’re going to effect positive change overall, a more nuanced, complex approach is required than what I can bring in a simple iOS app.
I still believe that ad blockers are necessary today, and I still think Ghostery is the best one, but I’ve learned over the last few crazy days that I don’t feel good making one and being the arbiter of what’s blocked.
Ad-blocking is a kind of war — a first-world, low-stakes, both-sides-are-fortunate-to-have-this-kind-of-problem war, but a war nonetheless, with damage hitting both sides."
The sudden popularity of mobile ad blockers, coming immediately after Apple introduced support for them in its latest iOS release, has surprised many publishers and ad tech providers. Even as PC-based ad blocking software has made steady gains in recent years, the working assumption until recently has been that companies like Eyeo (which makes Adblock Plus) and Ghostery occupy a fundamentally esoteric space that users are unlikely to care much about.
The rapid onslaught of iOS ad blockers has proven otherwise, and in the space of three short days.
"The rise of these apps shows there is a clear demand for it – especially on mobile where we are still being forced to pay for bandwidth," said James Avery, CEO of ad server Adzerk and author of a recent industry call-to-action on the ad blocking topic. "I think what Marco has done represents the same emotions many of us feel about ad blockers. We know they aren't fair, but we love the benefits they provide. I think it shows there is room for an ad blocker that blocks ads – [ads] that don't follow reasonable guidelines."