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Better Blocker 2018.2 release for macOS and iOS

What’s new?

• Even simpler interface, consistent across the macOS and iOS versions.

• Displays version and last update information for blocking rules.

• Exceptions is now called the Do Not Block list.

• macOS: Fixes El Capitan crash.

• Comes bundled with the latest blocking rules.

‘The quest to design an ethical social media platform’

“Ads are the traditional funding source for social platforms; they take users' personal data and serve it to advertisers who want their ads to reach a specific audience. This virtually ensures a fundamentally exploitative business model based on surveillance, says Laura Kalbag, a designer and the co-founder of digital justice not-for-profit”

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New blocking rules! On 3rd November 2018, Laura fixed seven broken sites, blocked four blocker blockers, and blocked twenty-six new trackers.

To get the new rules, open the app on iOS, or choose ‘Update rules’ from the menu on macOS.

‘We posed as 100 senators to run ads on Facebook. Facebook approved all of them.’

“these tests show that compliance with the feature is entirely voluntary, meaning a tool that Facebook introduced to increase trust in advertising can also be used as a vector for misinformation, and another way bad actors can game Facebook’s platform.”

Also on our forum:

‘Facebook and Google are run by today’s robber barons. Break them up’

“Today, we have a new set of robber barons, running digital monopolies and again receiving disproportionate benefits from the disruption brought about by new technology. History tells us we will need to regulate their monopolies just as we regulated previous monopolies.”

Also on our forum:

‘This Thermometer Tells Your Temperature, Then Tells Firms Where to Advertise’

“I can just think of how cigarette and alcohol companies could use strategies like this, or other industries that could really have more harmful effects on people,” [Christine Bannan, the consumer protection counsel at the Electronic Privacy Information Center] said.

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We’ve updated Better’s blocking rules for 22nd October 2018.

To get the updated rules, just open the Better app.

To see what’s been updated see our News page:

— :indieHeart: Laura

‘Surveillance capitalism has led us into a dystopia’

@aral recorded this video with BBC Ideas back in July. It gives a brief introduction to surveillance capitalism, complete with animation.

Also on our forum:

‘Facebook Isn’t Sorry — It Just Wants Your Data’

“To observers, these might seem like easily avoidable errors, but to Facebook, whose very identity and foundational mandate is the instinctual drive to amass personal data, they make perfect sense.”

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‘Just Don’t Call It Privacy’

“What is at stake here isn’t privacy, the right not to be observed. It’s how companies can use our data to invisibly shunt us in directions that may benefit them more than us.”

Also on our forum:

‘Facebook Is Giving Advertisers Access to Your Shadow Contact Information’

“Facebook is not content to use the contact information you willingly put into your Facebook profile for advertising. It is also using contact information you handed over for security purposes and contact information you didn’t hand over at all, but that was collected from other people’s contact books…”

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‘Google Says It Continues to Allow Apps to Scan Data From Gmail Accounts’

“Google Inc. told lawmakers it continues to allow other companies to scan and share data from Gmail accounts… The company also disclosed that app developers generally are free to share the data with others”

Also on our forum:

‘WhatsApp Cofounder Brian Acton Gives The Inside Story On

At the end of the day, I sold my company,” Acton says. “I sold my users’ privacy to a larger benefit. I made a choice and a compromise. And I live with that every day.”

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💙 Better for Mac is now available on the App Store, ready for macOS Mojave’s release later today.

We’ve made the app simpler, easier to use, and just as effective as before.

It’s also more affordable at $0.99, £0.99, €1.09—we’ve reduced the price because we want more people to be protected by Better on the web. boosted

The new, radically simplified, Better Blocker for macOS is now out in time for today’s release of macOS Mojave :)

(And it supports Dark Mode. In case you care about such things.)

‘Apple moves to thwart Facebook tracking’

“Notably, these protections won’t do privacy-conscious consumers any good while they’re logged into Facebook, but it will help to protect them from the social network’s ever-expanding grasp while they’re logged out.”

Also on our forum:

‘Campaigners win vital battle against UK mass surveillance at European Court of Human Rights’

“It confirms that just because it is technically feasible to intercept all of our personal communications, it does not mean that it is lawful to do so.”

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💙 Better for iOS 12 is now available on the App Store.

We’ve made the app simpler, easier to use, and just as effective as before.

We’ve also made the app more affordable at $0.99, £0.99, €1.09 because we want more folks to be protected on the web. boosted

Better Blocker for iOS 12 is now live.

Two weeks ago, I wrote that we wanted to radically simplify Better and widen its reach ( With this release, we took the first steps towards that goal. We distilled the app to its essentials (taking it from 44MB to 11MB in the process) & lowered the price to the lowest tier on the App Store ($0.99/£0.99/€1.09).


Here’s to bringing the Better web to more people.

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Better, simpler, and more affordable

Today, I submitted a radical redesign of Better Blocker for iOS to the App Store for approval in time for the launch of iOS 12…

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