Bug#930231: epiphany-browser: "Try to block ads" setting has no effect.

Damon Thomas asmegir at gmail.com
Sat Jun 8 21:59:05 BST 2019

Package: epiphany-browser
Severity: normal

Dear Maintainer,

*** Reporter, please consider answering these questions, where appropriate ***

   * What led up to the situation? Gnome Web/epiphany-browser is set to
    "try to block ads" by default. In my case this setting seems to have
    no effect on the ads being displayed. Every tested site still
    displays ads and sites designed to block browsers using adblock
    display a notice saying "ads are being allowed."
   * What exactly did you do (or not do) that was effective (or
     ineffective)? I tested with numerous sites, toggled this setting,
     and edited the default adblock lists. None of these actions led to
     the blocking of any ads.
   * What outcome did you expect instead? With no element hiding I would
    expect some limitations with the functionality of the built-in
    adblocker but it appears in my circumstances something is rendering
    this feature non-operative.

-- System Information:
Debian Release: 10.0
  APT prefers testing
  APT policy: (500, 'testing')
Architecture: amd64 (x86_64)

Kernel: Linux 4.19.0-5-amd64 (SMP w/4 CPU cores)
Locale: LANG=en_US.utf8, LC_CTYPE=en_US.utf8 (charmap=UTF-8), LANGUAGE=en_US.utf8 (charmap=UTF-8)
Shell: /bin/sh linked to /usr/bin/dash
Init: systemd (via /run/systemd/system)
LSM: AppArmor: enabled

Versions of packages epiphany-browser depends on:
ii  dbus-user-session [default-dbus-session-bus]  1.12.14-1
ii  dbus-x11 [dbus-session-bus]                   1.12.14-1
ii  epiphany-browser-data               
ii  gsettings-desktop-schemas                     3.28.1-1
ii  iso-codes                                     4.2-1
ii  libc6                                         2.28-10
ii  libcairo2                                     1.16.0-4
ii  libgcr-base-3-1                               3.28.1-1
ii  libgcr-ui-3-1                                 3.28.1-1
ii  libgdk-pixbuf2.0-0                            2.38.1+dfsg-1
ii  libglib2.0-0                                  2.58.3-2
ii  libgmp10                                      2:6.1.2+dfsg-4
ii  libgtk-3-0                                    3.24.5-1
ii  libhogweed4                                   3.4.1-1
ii  libicu63                                      63.1-6
ii  libjavascriptcoregtk-4.0-18                   2.24.2-1
ii  libjson-glib-1.0-0                            1.4.4-2
ii  libnettle6                                    3.4.1-1
ii  libnotify4                                    0.7.7-4
ii  libpango-1.0-0                                1.42.4-6
ii  libsecret-1-0                                 0.18.7-1
ii  libsoup2.4-1                                  2.64.2-2
ii  libsqlite3-0                                  3.27.2-2
ii  libwebkit2gtk-4.0-37                          2.24.2-1
ii  libxml2                                       2.9.4+dfsg1-7+b3

Versions of packages epiphany-browser recommends:
ii  ca-certificates  20190110
ii  evince           3.30.2-3
ii  yelp             3.31.90-1

epiphany-browser suggests no packages.

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