Use AdBlock And Yahoo May Block You From Reading Your E-Mail

This screengrab, showing Yahoo was barring the user from accessing their e-mail account, was posted to the AdBlock Plus forum earlier this week. Yahoo subsequently confirmed that it is blocking some users from their Yahoo Mail accounts.

This screengrab, showing Yahoo was barring the user from accessing their e-mail account, was posted to the AdBlock Plus forum earlier this week. Yahoo subsequently confirmed that it is blocking some users from their Yahoo Mail accounts.

If you still live in 2003 and have a Yahoo e-mail account but also use Ad Block to, ya know, block ads, then the folks at Yahoo might have a nasty surprise for you when you go to check your inbox.

Digiday, pointing to posts in the AdBlock Plus forums, reports that some Yahoo users have found they were unable to access their e-mail accounts because they were using ad-blocking plugins on their web browser.

This isn’t mere supposition or any sort of conspiracy theory. The on-screen message makes it clear in no uncertain terms that “We are unable to display Yahoo Mail. Please disable Ad Blocker to continue using Yahoo Mail.”

And the company confirmed to DSLreports.com that it is indeed barring some users from seeing their e-mails.

“At Yahoo, we are continually developing and testing new product experiences,” a Yahoo rep explains. “This is a test we’re running for a small number of Yahoo Mail users in the U.S.”

While we understand that billions of dollars are lost each year to blocked ads, we’re not sure if holding someone’s e-mails hostage is the best route to go for Yahoo, especially since the company can’t even get all of its own employees to use Yahoo Mail.

This sort of tactic also runs counter to the online ad industry’s recent admission that it had gotten overzealous during the last decade, resulting in an environment full of annoying, invasive ads that drive consumers to install ad blockers.

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  1. RupturedDuck says:

    I can easily disabled Ad Blocker to read Yahoo! email.

    However, I’ve been slowly migrating my email communications to Gmail. Yahoo! has just given me, and probably many others, an added incentive to speed up that migration.

  2. mobafett says:

    I recently found an add-in for Firefox that blocks the entire ad panel on the right-hand side of Yahoo Mail. My ad blocker already took care of the ads but the add-in recovered the screen space as well.

  3. GoldHillDave says:

    Would anyone continue to use Yahoo after having this done do them? I certainly wouldn’t.