YouTube's plan backfires, people are installing better ad blockers

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  • SponsorBlock

    Skip YouTube video sponsors (browser extension)

    During this debacle I did discover SponsorBlock - https://sponsor.ajay.app/

    This is different from YouTube platform ad-blocking, instead it is crowd-sourced auto-skip of in-video sponsorship messages etc. Quite configurable, really appreciating it so far.

  • InfluxDB

    Power Real-Time Data Analytics at Scale. Get real-time insights from all types of time series data with InfluxDB. Ingest, query, and analyze billions of data points in real-time with unbounded cardinality.

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  • uBlock

    uBlock Origin - An efficient blocker for Chromium and Firefox. Fast and lean.

    Install a better browser too. Use Firefox. uBlock Origin works best in Firefox:

    https://github.com/gorhill/uBlock/wiki/uBlock-Origin-works-b...

  • invidious-linker

    Chrome extension to watch YouTube videos ad-free

    In addition to better adblockers, I also learned how to use them better. For example, to update ublock origin's filter lists (which I now do every few days), click the chrome addon icon -> cog icon -> 'update'.

    Also there are sites that give you exactly the same youtube videos, but without ads (and with improved privacy).

    One such site is called 'invidious'. I made a very basic chrome addon that places the invidious link right next to the actual (youtube) link, so now if youtube blocks me, it's only ctrl + click to watch the same video ad-free. https://github.com/stevecondylios/invidious-linker#invidious...

  • fadblock

    Friendly Adblock for YouTube: A fast, lightweight, and undetectable YouTube Ads Blocker for Chrome, Opera and Firefox.

    It's definitely pretty tricky to try and even come up with statistics.

    ublock was having issues early on, that required a laundry list of things to do to make sure youtube couldn't detect that something was up. I don't know if this has changed or not.

    So rather than troubleshoot, what I did was turn it off on yotube, and install https://github.com/0x48piraj/fadblock, which isn't 100% perfect like the original ublock experience, but has been very durable against google's efforts.

    Google may or may not believe they were successful in my case, depending on what they are looking for.

  • Piped

    An alternative privacy-friendly YouTube frontend which is efficient by design.

  • uYouPlus

    uYou+ is a modified version of uYou (made by @MiRO92) with additional features and mainly made for non jailbroken users!

  • revanced-manager

    💊 Application to use ReVanced on Android

    [7] https://revanced.app

  • SaaSHub

    SaaSHub - Software Alternatives and Reviews. SaaSHub helps you find the best software and product alternatives

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  • uYouPlusExtra

    Discontinued uYouEnhanced is an expanded version of uYou+ (made by @qnblackcat) with additional features and mainly made for non jailbroken users! [Moved to: https://github.com/arichorn/uYouEnhanced]

  • yattee

    Privacy oriented video player for iOS, tvOS and macOS

  • dev-manager-desktop

    Device/DevMode Manager for webOS TV

    [10] https://github.com/webosbrew/dev-manager-desktop

  • libredirect

    Discontinued A browser extension that redirects popular sites to alternative privacy friendly frontends [Moved to: https://github.com/libredirect/browser_extension]

    I wonder why nobody posted it here.

    LibRedirect: A browser extension that redirects YouTube, Twitter, TikTok... requests to alternative privacy friendly frontends and backends.

    https://github.com/libredirect/libredirect

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