[tbb-bugs] #17569 [Applications/Tor Browser]: Add uBlock Origin to the Tor Browser

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#17569: Add uBlock Origin to the Tor Browser
 Reporter:  kernelcorn                  |          Owner:  tbb-team
     Type:  defect                      |         Status:  new
 Priority:  Medium                      |      Milestone:
Component:  Applications/Tor Browser    |        Version:
 Severity:  Normal                      |     Resolution:
 Keywords:  tbb-usability tbb-security  |  Actual Points:
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Comment (by koolfy):

 I vote for including an ad blocker to the TBB, if this does not become a
 maintainment nightmare (it shoudln't be?)

 I'd consider it another tool against privacy-invasive measures, malicious
 code injection, straight user misguidance (visual clickbaits etc) while
 also being an actual usability improvement.
 The argument was brought up on several cryptoparties, by people with very
 little technical background, telling me they could not even consider
 browsing the web without it.

 The websites that will pose usability nightmares are well aware of this,
 as they are very often the very cause of this, and will very explicitly
 ask the user to disable ad blocking for their website, which has become a
 relatively straightfoward thing i nterms of UX.

 I understand the argument on torproject's image in terms of websites
 remuneration streams, but as I mentionned, most of these will block ktheir
 contact when they detect an ad blocker, or ask kindly that the user
 disable it for their site, which they are still free to do. Moreover tor
 blocks any ad targeting attempt with current measures, so their ads
 already have very little value if any at all.

 I dot not think it should be a problem for Tor to openly disapprove of a
 revenue method that literally monetizes user privacy. Subscriptions are
 less pervasive, offering a balance between "I want to donate to this
 website, and maybe lose a bit of anonymity if the website insists on
 linking my account to my donation to let me access content" and "those who
 don't subscribe aren't profiled and monetized without their consent".

 tl;dr: nowadays it's an actual UX improvement, probably reduces a bit of
 an attack vector, and I don't believe torproject could be criticized for
 not supporting these privacy monetization methods

Ticket URL: <https://trac.torproject.org/projects/tor/ticket/17569#comment:18>
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