New filter type option for WebRTC connections · 2017-04-12 12:08 by Dave Vandyke
Starting with Adblock Plus 1.13.3 for Chrome and Opera (and development builds as of 126.96.36.1991) the blocking of WebRTC connections is supported. Those connections will have the new request type of “webrtc” and so filters can be made to target them by adding the
$webrtc type option.
WebRTC is an experimental browser technology which is supposed to be used for things like video conferencing. Unfortunately despite still being in active development it’s already being misused to serve adverts! Since Chrome does not yet allow WebRTC connections to be blocked by extensions directly (Chromium issue 707683), we’ve had to implement a workaround to achieve this.
Support for other platforms such as Firefox should follow soon, we’ll keep you posted.
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