Why Google's Ad-Blocking in Chrome Might Prove Awkward For the Company


But the company said it won't block all ads, only those deemed most intrusive by researchers at the Coalition for Better Ads.

Rahul Roy-Chowdhury, Chrome VP, says this move was prompted when his team received feedback from users saying annoying ads are a big source of frustration.

Starting Thursday, Chrome will block the following on desktop: ads that take over the browser, pop-up ads, autoplay videos with sound, and large sticky ads that take over the bottom of the screen and don't move.

As one of the major players in online advertising it might seem surprising that Google is introducing its own ad filtering feature to Chrome.

Google doesn't want to kill ads entirely.

The choice of which ads to block will be determined by the Coalition for Better Ads (CBA) - made up of companies including Google and Facebook.

200 million people around the world now use ad blockers, and Google earned over$72 billion from advertising in 2017 and with Chrome accounting for 47.5 percent of the United States browser market the company is obviously keen to protect its revenues. Website owners can also request that they be re-reviewed after addressing the non-compliant ad experiences.

"Video ads that play at full blast or giant pop-ups where you can't seem to find the exit icon: these ads are created to be disruptive and often stand in the way of people using their browsers for their intended goal? connecting them to content and information".

Blocking will occur on a site-by-site basis, and not simply based on certain ad types, so ad serving technology need not worry going out of business. Google claims that since it kicked off this initiative, "42% of sites which were failing the Better Ads Standards have resolved their issues and are now passing".

Chrome is the most-used Web browser around the world.

Under the circumstances, Google's latest efforts can well be seen as an attempt to hit the middle grounds of sorts.

Sites that have already altered the ads they show after being warned by Google include the LA Times and the Chicago Tribune. "To us, your experience on the web is a higher priority than the money that these annoying ads may generate". A message informing the user about blocked ads appear on the screen. "We're hoping this will bring balance back in the web ecosystem".

"Delivering a better user experience is an essential part of rebuilding the trust in online advertising", he stated.