The makers of the ad-blocking browser extension Adblock Plus have created several new custom blocking options. While those options were more or less available before as well, the new way of presenting them made them more accessible to all users of the extension.
The company launched options to block social media buttons, malware and tracking recently, and some time later additional filters to block Facebook annoyances such as game requests or page suggestions.
Today, another batch of filters has been released to customize how YouTube is displayed in the browser of choice. Basically, it will remove select elements on YouTube.
The customize page provides you with a list of filters that you can subscribe to after you have installed the browser extension in your web browser of choice.
The following filter lists are available:
And here is the list of annoyances that you can block on YouTube:
Depending on which filter package you select, you either get all of those options or only select ones.
When you click on one of the add buttons, you are taken to the Filter lists page in the Adblock Plus options. All you need to do here is to click on the add button on the page to add the filters to the extension.
The filter is automatically active from that moment on. It is probably best to test it by visiting YouTube right away after you have installed it, to make sure everything is set up correctly.
If you have selected the "all filter", you will notice that several elements have been removed on YouTube. This includes comments, video suggestions on the right, share buttons and depending on where you are, others.
While designed for Adblock Plus, the filter list itself is accessible here. If you are using another ad-blocker or method of blocking elements on websites, you may find the information provided in it useful to do just that.
Since it is basically just CSS code, you should be able to load it into the majority of element blocking browser extensions and scripts available these days.
If you hang out regularly on YouTube -- who does not -- and are annoyed by some of the suggestions and elements that are displayed on the video site by default, you may want to give the YouTube annoyances filter list a try to see if it resolves those issues for you.
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