reports of pop-up porn ads on my site from mobile users

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  • #856609

    dandowling3
    Member

    I’ve had a couple of people report recently that when they view some blog posts from their mobile phones, they are getting pop ups for porn. This is disturbing both for them and for me, and I’m trying to figure out what is going on. I’ve used my own iPhone to recreate this, and I can’t figure out why they pop up on occasion. There are ads from WordPress at the bottom of each article, and I hope that is not causing the situation. Hope you can help. Thanks, Dan
    Blog url: http://broadcastmet.wordpress.com/

    #856769

    macmanx
    Staff

    Would you please take a screenshot of what you saw and upload it via Media -> Add New in your blog’s Dashboard?

    Don’t link to the image here, just let us know when you’ve uploaded it so we can take a look at what’s happening and isolate the issue?

    #856791

    macmanx
    Staff

    Scratch that, we were able to reproduce the issue and are working on a fix.

    #856794

    dandowling3
    Member

    Thanks for the assistance. I haven’t been able to get it to pop anything up within the last hour, so hopefully things have improved. I’m thinking maybe I was linking to an evil image somehow. I didn’t have any complaints until my most recent post last night, so I gutted the images from it and started over. I’ll keep an eye on it. -Dan

    #856813

    macmanx
    Staff

    Ok, it’s all fixed up now. This should never happen again.

    Sorry about that!

    #856817

    dandowling3
    Member

    Thanks for fixing it. Can you tell me why it happened or what triggered it?

    #856851

    macmanx
    Staff

    It was a rogue ad provider. A change in their code was causing a full redirect to the ad content.

    To support the service (and keep free features free), we sometimes run advertisements, and the agreement for this has been in our terms of service since 2006.

    We try hard to only run them in limited places. If you would like to completely eliminate ads from appearing on your blog, we offer the No-Ads Upgrade: http://en.support.wordpress.com/no-ads/

    This was definitely an edge case, which should not happen again, as that provider was cancelled.

    #856903

    dandowling3
    Member

    With all due respect, are you suggesting that I spend $30 a year to keep WordPress from advertising porn on my website?

    #856910

    kardotim
    Member

    The No-Ads upgrade is there to remove all advertising in general. As mentioned before, this was an edge case and should not happen again. Sorry for the inconvenience.

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