Google’s Chrome browser to block some ads starting next year – Los Angeles Times

Websites that run annoying ads such as pop-ups may find all ads blocked by Google’s Chrome browser starting next year.

The digital-ad giant’s announcement comes as hundreds of millions of Internet users have already installed ad blockers on their desktop computers and phones to combat ads that track them and make browsing sites difficult.

These blockers threaten websites that rely on digital ads for revenue. Google’s version will allow ads as long as websites follow industry-created guidelines and minimize certain types of ads that consumers really hate. That includes pop-up ads, huge ads that don’t go away when you scroll down a page, and video ads that start playing automatically with the sound on.

Google says the feature will be turned on by default, and that users can turn it off. It’ll work on the desktop and mobile versions of Chrome.


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