Zhenyi Tan, on And a Dinosaur:
YouTube isn’t rolling out the anti-adblock to everyone. It seems to depend on things like your account, browser, and IP address. And if you’re not logged in or you’re in a private window, you’re safe. As a result, there are a bunch of people saying, “I use XYZ and I haven’t seen an anti-adblock popup yet,” unknowingly spreading misinformation.
But here’s the thing: YouTube isn’t just targeting adblockers. Use Privacy Badger? You’ll get flagged. Use Malwarebytes? You’ll get flagged. Set your Edge browser’s tracking protection to “strict”? Yep, you’ll get flagged. So a lot of people think their extensions are safe to use, but actually they’re not.
I mostly used the author’s Vinegar Safari plugin until GoogleFi gave me a year of YouTube Premium with our plan change. However, not sure if I’ll be renewing next year — I need more friction to control by YT rabbit holes.
Keeping an eye on this.