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Is it unethical to use ad-blockers?
It is unethical to use ad-blockers.
Ads help ensure equity in access to internet services because the prevalence of advertising as a business practice means most Internet content is free.
Running ad-blockers is equivalent to freeloading off of media publications because it blocks their revenue stream.
Running an ad blocker breaks the implicit contract that the user will view content as presented by the provider.
Advertising is one of the only mechanisms small companies have to compete against larger counterparts on the internet.
There are means of avoiding ads online that are ethical.
Ads are irritating and make the internet more difficult to navigate.
Blocking ads is a matter of security; online ads can spread malicious software and threaten cyber security.
Computer users should have the right to control what runs on their machines. This extends to the right to prevent third parties, such as publishers, running programs (i.e. ads) that the user finds undesirable.
Advertising creates harmful incentives for web publishers. Running blockers will help push them to adopt better business models.
Ads are an invasion of users' privacy.
Advertising is psychologically damaging. Given this, it is perfectly moral to take whatever steps are necessary to minimise its impact.
There are analogous practices on all other forms of media that are not considered unethical. Ad blocking is no different.
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