Google plans to introduce ad-blocking feature in Chrome browser on smartphones and desktops

BT Online   New Delhi     Last Updated: July 27, 2017  | 10:57 IST
Google plans to introduce ad-blocking feature in Chrome browser on smartphones and desktops

Alphabet Inc, parent company of Google, is soon planning on bringing in an ad-blocking feature in its Chrome web browser on its smartphone and desktop version, reported Wall Street Journal.
This ad-blocking feature will filter out online ads that disrupt user experiences which can be activated by default within the Chrome browser.
The feature is expected to be announced in a few weeks.
However, Alphabet Inc is still weighing in on the plan which they might even take forward, people familiar with the matter told WSJ.
The ad-block comes at a cross road with Google's reliance on online advertising revenue, reports added.
Google is already a part of a program called Acceptable Ads which develops the popular ad-blocking tool Adblock Plus which means some of Google's advertising are allowed to pass through Adblock Plus's filters.
But since ad-blocking tools are on the rise, this becomes a matter of concern for Google as it is for online publishers that work with Google to help sell their advertising space.
In recent years, usage of ad-blocking tools have grown increasingly because of bothersome types of ads.
The Coalition for Better Ads that released a list of ad standards in March have highlighted that ad formats such as pop-ups, auto-playing videos, countdown timer ads, among others, are deemed to be "beneath a threshold of consumer acceptability."
So, by introducing their own ad-filter Google is looking to curb the growth in these ad-blocking tools, many of which offer their services for a fee.
The Chrome browser now accounts for a large portion of web-browsing globally, so switching on ad-filters within it could give Google more control over the ad-blocking situation, industry observers say.

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