Sean Blanda Aaah yes, someone else “gets it.” Thank you! The misleading ads have been bothering me for years now, to the point where I have blocked them in my ad blocker. I dislike those “tabloid” advertising networks like Outbrain, Taboola, et. al., all clickbait designed to attract the gullible into parting with their hard-earned cash. Even our local papers use them. Quite shameful, if you ask me.
What some of these big media sites have done, now, is try to refuse visitors using ad blockers. That really gets them nowhere. First of all, I never would click on those ads anyway. And second, if you refuse me and my ad blocker, I will simply go to a competitor’s site, where I am welcome. (Paying attention, Forbes?) It is not up to them to decide what I do or do not want in my browser, especially the cookie crumbs these ad networks leave behind so they can further tailor future ads for my “benefit.”
Those who are complaining that fake news isn’t an issue, are obviously not paying attention to these clickbait ads. This is just one form of fake news, which is simply misleading advertising masquerading as “real” news.
But hey, all of those sites would cure *all* of my problems now, wouldn’t they? ;o)