Spotify has updated its terms of service to include a clause which bans the use of ad-blockers by users.

Taking a look at Spotify’s updated terms of service you’ll spot a new clause under the “User guidelines” section.

The new clause states that “circumventing or blocking advertisements in the Spotify Service, or creating or distributing tools designed to block advertisements in the Spotify Service” may result in immediate termination or suspension of your account.

The Verge reports that Spotify has been hitting the bushes looking for anybody trying to cheat its advertising for some time now. As many as two million users were dodging advertising in March 2018 so this is more than a little problem for the streaming service.

That’s not to say that Spotify doesn’t have measures in place to detect abnormal activity, it does, but this change makes it known to all users that Spotify won’t tolerate ad-blockers being used.

The updated terms of service come into effect on 1st March 2019 at which point Spotify will be fully within its rights to ban users from the service.

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