Opera inserts advertising into your bookmarks


I've long been a fan of the Opera Mobile browser. I used it back in my Nokia Symbian and Blackberry days - it was simply the best browser for those limited devices. I've carried on using it on my Android devices due to its superior text handling.

Last week I was scrolling through my bookmarks, when I found a curious addition - "Breaking News".

opera browser with a fake breaking news bookmark

I didn't remember adding that bookmark. I suppose I might have done it by mistake...? Let's take a look at where it goes.

the fake bookmark is an advert

Oh. An advert. Shoved into my bookmarks by Opera.

I use an adblocker, so I couldn't see the content - but other people weren't so lucky:

It goes to a South African based "shock news" site. No news - well, unless you consider "woman wears bikini" to be news.

I complained, but this was the non-apology that I got.

Here's a suggestion - don't put adverts in people's browsers! Seriously. You can't release a browser which blocks obnoxious adverts and then engage in the same scummy behaviour.

Now that Opera has lost its most passionate advocates, I'm deeply concerned that it will continue down this dark path of user hostility.

I'm switching to Firefox for Android. I've found an extension which does text-wrapping properly and I'm happy to be back in the land of Open Source.

Goodbye Opera, I've loved you for so long - but it's clear you don't respect users any more.

Hello you Foxy thing!

2 thoughts on “Opera inserts advertising into your bookmarks

  1. I agree Opera seems to be going down in flames. But they're still better at battery consumption than Firefox or Chrome. I'm sticking with them for now. Hopefully the new improvements to Firefox will help.

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