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Adblock Plus and (a little) more

Published: Fri, 30 Sep 2016 22:58:45 GMT


New filter type option for WebSockets

Wed, 21 Sep 2016 12:30:27 GMT

Starting with Adblock Plus 1.12.2 for Chrome, Opera and Safari we can block connections initiated via WebSockets on all major platforms (this functionality was available on Firefox since the very start). However, we didn’t have a special type for these requests as these were listed with type “other” instead. The assumption was that the protocol ws:// or wss:// would be sufficient for filter list authors in order to target WebSocket connections specifically. However, we received feedback that this wasn’t the case.

So with the current development builds (Adblock Plus for Firefox and Adblock Plus for Google Chrome and Opera) WebSocket connections are listed with the new type “websocket.” Consequently, filters can be made to target such connections specifically by adding $websocket type option. Existing filters will have to be duplicated for now:


This syntax will support both new and old Adblock Plus versions as long as the versions without support for the “websocket” type are still common (these will ignore the first filter).

To the install page

Edit (2016-09-22): This post was originally suggesting specifying both websocket and other options on one filter. This approach will not work in older Adblock Plus versions because filters with unknown options are ignored.

Adblock Plus 1.12.3 for Safari released

Wed, 21 Sep 2016 11:17:52 GMT

Install Adblock Plus 1.12.3 for Safari (Safari 6 or higher required)

This is an emergency release, only for Safari, which fixes compatibility with Safari 10. Starting with Safari 10 Technical Preview Release 11, Apple made a change which broke Adblock Plus. Safari 10 was then released before our fix (issue 4150) could be released normally. As a result we are forced to perform this emergency release.

Builds for Chrome and Opera were generated as well. But since there were no changes compared to the previous release, we didn’t upload these to their respective web stores.

Safari-only changes

  • Adapted Event.initEvent() calls for compatibility with Safari 10 (issue 4150).

Clearing up some things from this week!

Fri, 16 Sep 2016 15:37:58 GMT

There has been a lot of misinformation floating around these past few days about Adblock Plus and Acceptable Ads and the Acceptable Ads Platform, so let us try and clear up the most common ones.

New Acceptable Ads Platform launches, will redefine RTB and help small websites

Tue, 13 Sep 2016 14:06:03 GMT

Today we’re launching the beta version of the Acceptable Ads Platform, a fully functional platform consisting of only Acceptable Ads that will make the whitelisting process faster and easier for publishers, while allowing them to serve alternative ads to ad-blocking users.

Adblock Browser 1.5.0 for iOS released

Mon, 12 Sep 2016 12:45:04 GMT

Install Adblock Browser 1.5.0 for iOS


Flattr Plus update

Thu, 25 Aug 2016 14:50:00 GMT

How’s your summer going? Well, as readers of this blog are aware, we at ABP have had our hands full with a few Facebook shenanigans — but do you remember that Flattr Plus project? You know, it’s the revolution in non-ad content funding we announced a few months back … Well, we’ve got some newness — and you’re going to want to know this.

Adblock Plus 1.12.2 for Chrome, Opera and Safari released

Tue, 23 Aug 2016 15:51:16 GMT

Install Adblock Plus 1.12.2 for Chrome
Install Adblock Plus 1.12.2 for Opera
Install Adblock Plus 1.12.2 for Safari (Safari 6 or higher required)

This is a minor release, focused on stability and preventing circumvention.


  • Prevent websites from abusing WebSockets to serve adverts (issue 1727).

Chrome/Opera-only changes

  • Improved Element Hiding protections against circumvention (issue 4191, 4298).
  • Fixed a bug that caused content in anonymous frames to be blocked even when the parent frame was whitelisted (issue 4150).
  • Worked around an issue with MutationObservers which caused older versions of Chrome and Opera to hang for some websites (issue 4101).
  • Added more versions of our icons that look sharper with the new Material Design (issue 4218).
  • Removed an outdated workaround that caused some whitelisted elements to be hidden in anonymous frames (issue 4210).

Safari-only changes

  • Fixed a bug that caused the options page to be sometimes opened multiple times when the experimental Content Blocking feature was enabled (issue 4199).
  • Improved the conversion from Adblock Plus filters to Content Blocking rules for the experimental Content Blocking feature, making sure to block/whitelist all subdomains for filters starting with || (issue 4326).
  • Fixed a typo that broke key-based whitelisting (issue 4300).

Ping pong with Facebook

Thu, 18 Aug 2016 13:00:00 GMT

or: Why I learned to stop worrying and love the open source community

After Facebook began its attempt to force users to see ads, a series of volleys with the open source community commenced, demonstrating the ingenuity and cohesiveness of not only that community but also other ad blockers, the comments section (!), our forum, other forums and even academics. Here’s to all of you! No ad blocker could function without you. You rule.

Trampling on users’ free will is not sustainable -- even if you're Facebook

Fri, 12 Aug 2016 16:32:04 GMT

They call this thing a cat-and-mouse game for a reason. Since we wrote yesterday there have been several workarounds, followed by “re-circumventions” that only brought more workarounds. But the tech tug-of-war is not the point. What’s important is that going against the will of the people is wholly unsustainable.

FB reblock: ad-blocking community finds workaround to Facebook

Thu, 11 Aug 2016 14:54:44 GMT

A few days ago Facebook decided to force users to view their ads, even if those users employed an ad blocker. Well, it’s taken about 48 hours but the open source community that supports all ad blockers has already found a solution. You’ll just need to update your filters (see how here) to return the largest social network to an ad-free place.