For your own good, you know. The entire tone of FB’s news release is so patronizing it could have come from a politician. From their statement, one would think the entire profession of journalism would collapse into smoldering ruins if FB didn’t block ad blockers (although they do have a point about ad blocking companies accepting pay from advertisers to unblock certain ads).
The makers of AdBlock Plus are not flapped by the news, describing FB’s ploy as the kind of technological cat-and-mouse game spammers have played with their marks for years.
Sure, “free” services online have to pay for themselves somehow. And indeed, for many sites committing authentic acts of journalism, ad blockers have been a problem. But companies like FB, who make billions by selling data about their users without the users’ consent (while the users themselves provide most actual content on the site), don’t have anything to be so self-righteous about.