So in case you need a quick lesson on how YouTubers make their money, let us tell you one little thing; they need you to see adverts on their videos. Be they unskippable adverts at the beginning, tiny ads along the bottom of videos or the big placeholder ones to the right, this is one of the primary ways creators make their money. So imagine the hilarity of seeing YouTube advertise a YouTube ad blocker… over the top of one of their YouTube videos.
Reported by Digital Music News, writer Paul Resnikoff was able to grab a screenshot of the moment an ad blocker advert appeared in front of a Prank vs Prank music video. In the article, he also goes on to explain how absurd this is, and even retells of how PewDiePie noted that over 50% of his views come from subscribers who have adverts blocked, meaning he loses 50% of his potential income.
You can see the ridiculous ad blocker right here:
We’ll be keeping our eyes on social media to see if anyone else has been lucky enough to spot one of these massive goofs, but if you’ve ever seen YouTube try to sell you a YouTube ad blocker please let us know – we’d love to chat! Unfortunately, we’ve not been able to see the advert for ourselves thanks to browser cookies and targeted ads (we only seem to get adverts about pregnancy tests?!), so we’re really keen to see if this is a regular partnership YouTube have accidentally signed up with.
We’ll share the other two images Paul was able to grab before the advert disappeared entirely. As you can see, the advert is pretty ballsy and upfront about what it is they’re trying to sell…
These images could obviously be photoshopped, but a huge part of us seriously wants this to be true…
What do you think – real or no real? Let us know in the comments below.