Dev behind popular iOS 9 ad blocker pulls app over ethical crisis

Apple’s iOS 9 is here, and among all the other new additions, that means the arrival of ad blockers. Straight away, these new ad-blocker options shot to the top of the App Store charts, as users rushed to try them all and find the option they liked best. One that was quick to emerge as a top paid pick was developer Marco Arment’s Peace, but now, just days after its debut, Arment has withdrawn Peace from the App Store, citing his growing discomfort over the ethical implications of his app.

It’s no surprise that the very notion of ad blocking is pretty controversial, as for every ad a user doesn’t see (and doesn’t click on), that’s one content creator, one software dev, or one service provider making a little less money for their efforts. And while certain ads, either due to their subject manner or the nature of their implementation, may be more easily defensible as something worthy of blocking, Arment doesn’t want to that call falling on him. In a statement discussing his decisions to put an end to Peace, Arment explains, “I still believe that ad blockers are necessary today… but I’ve learned over the last few crazy days that I don’t feel good making one and being the arbiter of what’s blocked.”

Users who already paid for Peace can use iTunes to request a refund.

Source: Marco Arment

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