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Is using Adblock on a website a sin?

Is it all right to use a program like Adblock, or would it be akin to stealing money from advertisers? 

Deuteronomy 5:19

ESV - 19 'And you shall not steal.

Clarify Share Report Asked March 15 2019 Download Wayne B. Hurt

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Closeup Jennifer Rothnie Supporter Housewife, Artist, Perpetually Curious
Using Adlocker is not stealing. By using Adblocker you are 'refusing' to see an ad someone paid for. Yes that means they wasted their money - but that was their risk to take. You didn't 'steal' it, since you never requested the ad. 

Basically, it's like junk mail. An advertiser can mail you an ad and you get the choice whether or not to open the envelope. The advertiser takes the risk that most of the people he mails the ad to will toss it without ever looking at it, but you aren't stealing if you toss it.

Why? Because you own your attention, not the advertiser. You can't steal by refusing to offer something you own to someone else - you own it!

March 16 2019 0 responses Vote Up Share Report

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