These auto-play, un-muted video ads are awful


#1

For the last week or two I’ve been getting these incredibly obnoxious video ads for RC cars and drones on most every BB article page.

I don’t mind video ads, I don’t even really mind auto-play video ads. But these ones have audio turned on by default, and they are LOUD.

I have BoingBoing white-listed on my ad blocker, but these things are making me reconsider.


#2

Can you provide a screenshot?

I never run adblockers, and I clicked around a few boingboing.net article pages including the homepage, and I don’t see any auto-playing videos?


#3

Sure, they look like this, usually for Parrot drone cameras, sometimes for RC cars. I don’t see them on every BB page, but probably 75% load one of these suckers up.


#4

I keep getting the Oil of Olay Wrinkle Remover ad, so at leadt they have their demographic right.


#5

I was just going to post the exact same thing. It’s awful when reading on my phone as it appears out of nowhere and takes up a big chunk of the page making me lose my place. It’s muted, though. Here’s a pic:

It’s really aggravating.


#6

>using the main page
>ever


#7

Find out where they’re being served from, and add them to your hosts file.


#8

I’m not so pleased they open up where the page is touched on mobile, so opening the comments link in a new page means their ad gets clicked on.

Also dirty: the X doesn’t work. You really should be holding your advertisers to some sort of a standard.


#9

All I ever get are these:


#10

Block cdn.teads.tv in your hosts file.

From their website:
“The tendency to devalue the significance of ads might relate to the fact
that many display and video units are designed without regard for the
user-experience. Such units are interruptive to online activities, and
too many of them can severely compromise a website’s look and appeal”


#11

Ever since installing Ghostery I’ve started reading more about the various ad/tracking/beacon networks and how they describe themselves. So much flowery and completely meaningless language that does practically nothing to describe what they actually do.


#12

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