Nicole Nguyen

Earlier this year, I visited a washable rug’s website and decided it wasn’t for me. Then its relentless pursuit of me began—especially on Instagram.

So when an option popped up to get rid of all ads on the social network, I jumped at the chance to try it. I paid a fee, about $14 in the app, eager to see a feed unencumbered by lurking rugs and other junk ads. 

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