I cannot wait to see the video of this speech.
And then he gets serious. Addressing why the Adblock Plus team were banned from the conference, Rothenburg accuses them of “subverting freedom of the press” and “operating a business model predicated on censorship of content”. He also quoted a 2013 article by German blogger Sascha Pallenberg which characterised the AdBlock Plus team as “a mafia-like advertising network”.
"Of course, none of this surprises me. This is what happens when your only motivation, your only metric, is money. For that is what AdBlock-Plus is: an old-fashioned extortion racket, gussied up in the flowery but false language of contemporary consumerism.”
Just to make sure everyone is following at home, that's a direct quote from the keynote speech of the chairman of an online ad network's industry trade group to that trade group.
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