YouTube’s iOS app keeps showing me this same advert for a repugnant right-wing “political” group every time I open the app, despite me taking all of the possible steps to ask for it not to be shown:

  • Blocked the source page in YouTube
  • Repeatedly said I don’t want to see the ad
  • Given feedback that the the ad is repetitive/inappropriate/not relevant on multiple occasions (it falls into all 3 categories IMO). It would be great if there was also an option to report as “misleading,” but alas…

I’m really at a loss as to what else I can do to stop having this shoved down my throat whenever I use the app. Thankfully ads don’t get shown in the tvOS app timeline, yet, so it’s limited to my phone – but I’m sure I read somewhere recently they’re already testing some changes around showing ad units in the TV app.

This advert is pretty mild, even if it is scaremongering and misleading, but the next one YouTube decides I must see might not be.

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  1. @MrKapowski I gave up on the app and use Safari with a content blocker. Curios tho, what do you mean by “Thankfully ads don’t get shown in the tvOS app timeline, yet”, are you saying you don’t see ads in the Youtube app on AppleTV?

  2. @mcg currently on the Apple TV app there are no ad “units” displayed on the app home page or in, say, the recommendations list. I do get shown ads before or during videos, but these tend to be the bigger brands and fairly generic, safe, adverts – cars, perfumes, etc.

    The iOS app by contrast shows me a bunch of ads in the recommendations list, most of which are for YouTubers trying to grow their audience.

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