The NewPipe project recently had a few debates on advertising, its ethics and how Team NewPipe decides whether or not a certain form of advertising is acceptable. In this article, we present our position on advertising in general, show the difference between ethical and unethical advertising, and explain why we do not intend to support technologies like SponsorBlock.
A PR implementing SponsorBlock was implemented for NewPipe. It uses a system that allows users to tag parts of videos, so that they are skipped automatically for other viewers. The idea is to skip sponsored segments.
The NewPipe team decided to not merge the PR and support SponsorBlock, since their main goal is to protect user privacy, and that sponsored segment don’t infringe on user’s privacy. Since they don’t view advertising as an issue in itself (though the associated tracking is), they don’t want to be gatekeepers of Youtube Advertising.
Privacy has become a very important issue in modern society, with companies and governments constantly abusing their power, more and more people are waking up to the importance of digital privacy.
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