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Facebook Uses Many Hidden Methods to Thwart Ad-Blocking Technology

     
5:24 pm on Dec 10, 2018 (gmt 0)

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According to a report on the BBC, Facebook is using many hidden techniques to thwart the ad-blockers, and some of it would surprise, and others not.


  • breaking up the word "sponsored" into small chunks only one or two letters long
  • inserting extra letters, as in "SpSonSsoSredS", hidden to the viewer
  • adding the word to all regular posts on the news feed, even ones that are not ads, and then using another piece of code to hide it on the non-ads


  • It's a war out there, with Facebook constantly changing the code.
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    9:21 pm on Dec 10, 2018 (gmt 0)

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    I do the same, essentially. It's not too difficult when you serve your own ads. Unless you're a major target like Facebook, of course.
    4:39 am on Dec 11, 2018 (gmt 0)

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    The fact they are working so hard means the ad-blockers are working. :)

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