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When Spies Come Home

PayPal Processes Payments for ‘Stalkerware’ Software Sold to Abusive Partners

The booming industry of spyware to spy on romantic partners doesn’t exist in a vacuum: Companies need financial and tech giants to process their payments and advertise their wares.
Joseph Cox
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
2.20.19
adblockers

Why Your Ad Blocker Doesn’t Block Those ‘Please Turn Off Your Ad Blocker’ Popups

It is technically pretty simple to disable those pop ups, but many ad blocker plugins choose to let them live.
Kaleigh Rogers
12.12.18
adblockers

Facebook’s Arms Race with Adblockers Continues to Escalate

Typically, adblockers are able to counter Facebook’s updates within a matter of days, but the latest was a more substantial undertaking.
Kaleigh Rogers
12.10.18
ADVERTISING

Google AdSense Banned a Random Web Page About a 32-Year-Old Bill Because It Was About Sexual Abuse

A page about a 1986 porn bill got demonetized shows how algorithms can’t be expected to make judgement calls.
Samantha Cole
7.6.18
Motherboard's Security Tuneup

Ad Blockers Are Good for Security, Too

On day four of our security tuneup, we recommend installing and ad-blocker...but consider white listing trusted sites!
Kaleigh Rogers
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
5.17.18
YouTube

YouTube Is Serving Ads for Hardcore Porn on Trending Videos

The YouTube auto-playing ads lead to a site that shows explicit sex.
Jason Koebler
4.10.18
Facebook

Facebook Is Being Sued for Discriminatory Ad Targeting

Housing groups say they were able to create ads that discriminated against mothers, the disabled, and minorities.
Jordan Pearson
3.27.18
Bye Bye

Everyone Including Twitter Is Sick and Tired of Cryptocurrency Ads

Twitter follows Facebook, Reddit, and Google in banning ads for virtual currencies and ICOs.
Jordan Pearson
3.26.18
Banhammer

Google Joins Facebook In Banning Cryptocurrency Ads

Now two of the biggest digital advertisers have banned ads for ICOs and risky financial products.
Jordan Pearson
3.14.18
suggestion box

Mining Cryptocurrency to Pay for Journalism Is Not the Worst Idea I've Ever Heard

When Salon tried a new way to monetize users with adblockers, everybody hated it.
Jordan Pearson
2.14.18
net neutrality

Burger King Trolled Customers to Perfectly Explain Net Neutrality

In a new ad spot, the fast food chain uses Whoppers to teach customers about net neutrality.
Kaleigh Rogers
1.24.18
Opinion

Corporations Have Utterly Failed to Protect Speech

Facebook and Twitter are hurting those they should be protecting.
Jordan Pearson
10.12.17
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