Some Think Google's New Ad-Blocker Plan Is Kind Of Suspicious


Google meanwhile has also claimed more that 42 percent sites with disruptive ads have already agreed to abide by the Better Ads guidelines, which is an indication their efforts are yielding fruit.

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"Safari and Firefox will do, at a minimum, what Google has done to block annoying ads", he said, "but it's very unlikely that Google is going to block tracking, because Google's business model depends on it".

Ads that are expected to be filtered by Google's new tool are pop-up ads, large sticky ads, auto-play video ads with sound, and ads that appear on a site with a countdown blocking you before the content loads. Many of those fears have been assuaged.

Google's effort focuses on 12 ad formats criticized by a group called the Coalition for Better Ads, whose members include Google, Facebook, News Corp. and the News Media Alliance, which represents 2,000 newspapers in the U.S. and Canada.

From today Google's Chrome browser will block ads that fail to meet the standards set by the Coalition for Better Ads, a move welcomed by the World Federation of Advertisers.

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The blocker doesn't stop all ads. According to Google, it's enabling the ad blocker to provide users with a better experience on the web.

Google says that the system will block ads on sites that violate the standards that were put in place by the Coalition for Better Ads.

Ads that have a "failing" status in their new Ad Experience Report for more than 30 days as of February 15 will also be removed after an email is sent to site owners, ZD Net reported.

Site owners will be given an opportunity to review their sites according to regulations for re-evaluation. If you install something like Adblock Plus, you won't see Google's subtle but highly profitable text ads, just like you won't see the obnoxious full-screen animated ads from other networks. Further, ads on both desktop and mobile segments are being targeted. Users on sites where Chrome has blocked ads will see a notification and can opt to allow the ads if they want. Spectator owner TorStar said it has fixed the problem.

Atlanta-based Gray Television Inc. had at least a dozen of its TV station websites flagged, including those belonging to stations WTVY, KMTV, KOLO, KWTX and WDTV.

"They wield a lot of power, which is a little scary", Willig said. If it does, then Chrome blocks URL requests related to advertisements. For companies that use the internet, the changes will improve productivity. "Publishers are beginning to feel like they're playing in a gig economy operated by Google".