Facebook on Tuesday announced that it plans to circumvent ad blockers on the desktop version of its website, showing ads to all of its 1.7 billion users.
In a blog post, Facebook's vice president of ads and business platform Andrew Bosworth acknowledged that when it comes to dealing with bad ads, ad blockers "have been the best options to date." He also acknowledged, however, that Facebook -- like many content publishers -- makes the bulk of its revenues through advertising (although a large portion of Facebook's ad revenues come specifically from mobile).
To appease people unhappy with poor ad experiences without turning off the spigot of ad dollars, Bosworth wrote that Facebook is enhancing the tools it gives users to adjust their ad preferences.
"If you don't want to see ads about a certain interest like travel or cats, you can remove the interest from your ad preferences," Bosworth explained. "We also heard that people want to be able to stop seeing ads from businesses or organizations who have added them to their customer lists, and so we are adding tools that allow people to do this."
Facebook, he continued, has also improved how it decides which ads to show, and it has created new ad formats "that complement, rather than detract from, people's experience online."