Google Chrome will block all ads on websites running abusive ads

    Google Chrome will block all ads on websites running abusive ads

    Google Chrome will block all ads on websites running abusive ads

    Posted: 05 Nov 2018

    Last year, after hearing from Chrome users, we launched a set of user protections against “abusive experiences” -- experiences designed to intentionally mislead and trick users into taking action on the web. These protections blocked pop-ups and new window requests from sites with certain abusive experiences like redirecting pages.

    However, we've learned since then that this approach did not go far enough. In fact, more than half of these abusive experiences are not blocked by our current set of protections, and nearly all involve harmful or misleading ads. These ads trick users into clicking on them by pretending to be system warnings or “close” buttons that do not actually close the ad. Further, some of these abusive ad experiences are used by scammers and phishing schemes to steal personal information.

    Two types of abusive experiences where a deceptive site control appears to do one thing, but has a different behavior when clicked. One looks like a play button on a video but sends the user to an unwanted download when clicked (left), and the other looks like a close button but instead opens unwanted pop-up windows (right).

    As a result, today we are announcing expanded efforts to better protect users against these abusive experiences. Starting in December 2018, Chrome 71 will remove all ads on the small number of sites with persistent abusive experiences. Site owners can use the Abusive Experiences Report in their Google Search Console to see if their site contains any of these abusive experiences that need to be corrected or removed. Site owners will have a 30 day window to fix experiences flagged by the Report before Chrome removes ads.

    With Chrome, users are always in control and can disable abusive sites filtering by going to their Chrome Settings.

    Stronger protections ensure users can interact with their intended content on the web, without abusive experiences getting in the way.

    Posted by Vivek Sekhar, Product Manager

    Source: Chromium Blog: Further protections from harmful ad experiences on the web
    Brink's Avatar Posted By: Brink
    05 Nov 2018

  1. Posts : 5,431
    Windows 11 Home

    A bit late, I have not seen abusive ads in ages and I do not even block ads.
    My browser has antishock, but I have never seen it to make any difference.
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  2. Posts : 7,254
    Windows 10 Pro 64-bit

    I've seen the odd auto play video which is super annoying. So I agree with this move.
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  3. Posts : 1,560
    Windows 10 Home 20H2 64-bit

    I have seen Tenforums hiding ads in users' sentences and words before, dunno if they are "abusive", but it's definitely shady to me. They are masquerading themselves as blue or green links in someone's sentence. Pop-ups and auto-plays are certainly worse and extremely annoying so they can burn in a hot kettle... They should be illegal and outlawed period. If I need to click and search around a site to close ads that's in the way and to mute videos then that website is on my blacklist. What's worse is that this tactic is becoming more and more popular because of increased revenue stream.
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