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Ad Blocking Is 'Protection Racket,' Says Culture Secretary

Ad-blocking companies are running a "modern-day protection racket" that poses a threat to newspaper Web sites, the culture secretary has warned. John Whittingdale vowed to try to help the media and music industries suffering from the rise of ad-blocking software, which stops ads from loading on web pages and has become increasingly popular with users. Online publishers say ad blockers undermine their business models, which rely on advertising to keep their services free.

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