Adblock Plus and more ad-removal tools pulled from Google Play

It would appear Google is launching a crackdown on ad-blocking tools for Android, with the very popular Adblock Plus currently missing from Google’s Play Store listings. Other Android ad-blockers such as AdAway and AdFree Android are also currently failing to show up in searches, which can only mean Google’s finally had enough of people removing ads from their products and wants a bit more MONEY.

Adblock Plus was half-broken by a security update issued by Google back in February, now it appears to be gone for good.

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We’ll keep an eye out for any official comment from the makers of these ad-blocking tools. Perhaps this is the first ruling of Android’s new boss?

UPDATE: 
Adblock’s so angry it’s issued a press release about the move:

Google Decides Android Users Shouldn’t Block Ads 

Removes Adblock Plus from Google Play 

Adblock Plus revealed that Google has removed all ad blocking apps for Android, including Adblock Plus, from the Google Play Store. The unilateral move by Google threatens consumer choice.

Adblock Plus is a free ad-blocking tool that is the product of an open-source community project; it has been downloaded more than 200 million times worldwide. Adblock Plus plugs into any Chrome, Firefox, Opera or Android browser.

“I realise that advertising revenue is important to Google, but understand that Adblock Plus does not automatically block all ads; we simply allow users the choice whether to block ads or whitelist them. We even encourage advertising that is done appropriately and conforms to an Acceptable Ads policy, which is debated and decided in an open public forum,” said Till Faida, co-founder of Adblock Plus. “By unilaterally removing these apps, Google is stepping all over the checks and balances that make the Internet democratic. People should be really alarmed by this move.”

Fortunately, Android users can still download and install Adblock Plus directly from our website by going tohttp://adblockplus.org/en/android-about#faq.

Google’s rationale behind removing Adblock Plus is that it violates Section 4.4 of their Developer Distribution Agreement. But today’s action is the third in a string of actions that Google has taken against Adblock Plus: in late February Google began forcing Android users to manually configure a proxy server in order to run Adblock Plus; in December 2012 Google re-categorised Adblock Plus in the Chrome Web store and stopped showing it in search results when users specifically looked for the extension; and when Adblock Plus re-listed as an app on 12thDecember, Google took it down again 12 hours later.

Adblock Plus is the #1 most downloaded browser add-on (of any kind, not just among ad blockers) in the world.

Links:

- Bypass Google Play and download Adblock Plus for Android directly: http://adblockplus.org/en/android-about#faq

- Download the latest Adblock Plus for Chrome: www.adblockplus.org

- Download Adblock Plus for Firefox & Opera: www.adblockplus.org

About Adblock Plus

Adblock Plus is a web extension that addresses annoying and intrusive online advertising by putting users in control. It allows defining filters that determine what a website is permitted to load, as well as provide a way to collapse unwanted sections of a web page. Adblock Plus has been the most downloaded and the most used extension almost continuously since November 2006. PC World rated Adblock Plus as a top innovation in its 100 Best Products of 2007 list, and in March 2010 the project collected the Linux New Media award for the Best Open Source Firefox Extension.

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@AdBlockPlus

and read our blogs at http://adblockplus.org/blog/

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  1. markT

     /  March 15, 2013

    hmmm, bad google! kudos to Adblock for having alternate places to download their app

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