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Published: Fri, 02 Dec 2016 20:59:52 GMT


It's still perfectly legal to block ads in Germany after latest court victory over Spiegel

Mon, 28 Nov 2016 13:00:00 GMT

Late Friday we received news that we had won our sixth lawsuit in Germany. The victory, this time over Spiegel Online, confirmed once again that ad blocking is completely legal in Germany.

Flattr Plus: Let us shine some light on the progress

Wed, 23 Nov 2016 13:05:00 GMT

You’re probably wondering about Flattr Plus, Eyeo’s joint project with Flattr to revolutionize how people fund content. Click onward, and find all the newness that’s fit to print.

Adblock Plus 2.8.2 for Firefox released

Tue, 22 Nov 2016 17:17:49 GMT

Install Adblock Plus 2.8.2 for Firefox

This is a maintenance release, most importantly introducing some improvements to CSS property filters.

Additional changes

  • Made sure that element hiding rules don’t affect browser’s and extensions’ special pages, this regressed with Adblock Plus 2.8 (issue 4624, issue 4625).
  • Fixed blockable items list slowing down page loading (issue 4587).
  • Pop-ups using data: URLs and similar unusual schemes can be blocked now (issue 4368).
  • When selecting keyboard shortcuts, more shortcut keys already in use by the browser can be recognized. This will change the shortcut key to show Blockable items list from Ctrl/Cmd-Shift-V to Ctrl/Cmd-Shift-U for pretty much everybody (issue 4544).

ABP meetup event in New York

Tue, 22 Nov 2016 14:59:30 GMT

We’re hosting an event in New York City in two weeks for people involved in technology, online advocacy and advertising. It will cover lots of topics, but our main intention is to recruit the best qualified people to join the Acceptable Ads Committee. Is that you? If it is, read on for more information on how to sign up.

Adblock Plus awarded for our role in improving online advertising

Mon, 21 Nov 2016 15:00:00 GMT

Some days are more satisfying than others, and today is one of those at the super satisfying end of the scale. We were awarded a prestigious award by MediaPost in recognition of our role in improving advertising, showing us that the positive impact we’ve been trying to make in online ads is getting noticed.

CSS property matching improvements

Mon, 14 Nov 2016 12:05:13 GMT

About a year ago, we introduced CSS property filters as a means of hiding elements based on their styles. Today, we have landed two improvements to this:

Case insensitive matching

This is a change in semantics; CSS properties will now always be matched in a case insensitive manner, to make it consistent with the way Adblock Plus matches URLs. This is unlikely to result in undesired behaviour as there shouldn’t be many use cases for case sensitive property matching.

Regular expression matching

Until now, CSS properties could only be matched using the simple URL matching syntax, which made it difficult to match property values in a fine-grained manner. To address this, properties can now optionally be matched using regular expressions. The default matching behaviour is still the same, to use regular expressions, a matching expression needs to start and end with /, for example:[-abp-properties='/width: 3[2-8]px;/']

These improvements are available in Adblock Plus for Firefox as of and Adblock Plus for Chrome and Opera as of, and will presumably be released with the next stable version on each platform respectively.

Please note that we still consider CSS property filters an experimental feature, and therefore subject to change. Considering this, and the fact that CSS property filters are slower than regular element hiding rules, they should only be used as a last resort.

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Fact-checking Adblock Plus allegations

Wed, 02 Nov 2016 12:00:00 GMT

As the (constantly terrifying) US election comes into the homestretch, we thought we’d take an old election-cycle media standby, the fact checker, and use it to dismantle a few of the spurious statements that get tossed around about us. Have fun! Vote Eyeo!

Adblock Plus 2.8.1 for Firefox released

Fri, 28 Oct 2016 12:37:59 GMT

Install Adblock Plus 2.8.1 for Firefox

Our Adblock Plus 2.8 release introduced a regression that went unnoticed for months in the development builds. Users who activated the please_kill_startup_performance preference were experiencing data loss: filters didn’t load completely. Also, importing custom filters was failing for large files. Both issues have the same root cause (issue 4576) and have been resolved in Adblock Plus 2.8.1. If your data is still incomplete after updating to Adblock Plus 2.8.1 please click the “Backup and Restore” button in Filter Preferences — one of the automatically created backups is certain to be correct.

Adblock Plus 1.12.4 for Chrome, Opera and Safari released

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 12:06:49 GMT

Install Adblock Plus 1.12.4 for Chrome
Install Adblock Plus 1.12.4 for Opera
Install Adblock Plus 1.12.4 for Safari (Safari 6 or higher required)


  • Stopped the “Block Element” dialog from suggesting filters based on huge URLs, since they often made Adblock Plus become unresponsive (issue 4330).
  • WebSocket connections are now considered to be of type $websocket instead of $other (issue 4448). For more information see Wladimir’s blog post.
  • Removed the features section from the first-run page (issue 4295, issue 4294).

Chrome/Opera-only changes

  • Fixed a bug relating to how the document domain is determined, especially after redirects (issue 4386).
  • Added a workaround to fix $sitekey whitelisting for requests made directly after a redirection (issue 4483).
  • Improved WebSocket blocking capabilities (issue 4372).

Safari-only changes

  • Fixed YouTube ad blocking on Safari 6 (issue 4351).

Adblock Plus for Samsung Browser 1.0.4 released

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 14:28:34 GMT

Install Adblock Plus for Samsung Browser 1.0.4


  • Fixed the “Blocker of unwanted content not available” error that kept appearing as a result of the latest Samsung Browser update (Issue 4463)
  • Temporary cache files are now automatically cleaned, reducing app storage. (Issue 4485)