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Ad-blocker YouTube Vanced app shutting down due to legal reasons

14 March 2022 1

Vanced, a popular third-party YouTube app, has announced that it will shut down soon due to legal reasons. The announcement was made via the app's official Telegram channel and Twitter account. It did not go into details but in a conversation with The Verge, it confirmed receiving a cease and desist letter from Google.

The letter asked the Vanced team to remove all references to YouTube and its related products. They have been asked to change the logo and stop distributing and developing the app. The reasoning behind such a move is presumably related to the functionalities that Vanced offers to its users. These include support for blocking ads on YouTube videos, background playback, and showing dislike counter of videos.

The first two features are available on YouTube but restricted to YouTube Premium subscribers. It is a paid plan from Google that allows users to watch ad-free videos without affecting the revenue of creators. This explains why YouTube would be unhappy about Vanced offering those features through its own app.

The end result is that Vanced will take down all the download links in the coming days. It says that the existing version will continue to work for those who have it installed but did not specify for how long. Its Discord server, Telegram channel, and subreddit will also continue to be up for the time being.


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