The famous internet browser from Google Chrome will be tweaked to bar every website that places ads on the browser’s space, especially those constituting nuisance like noisy videos set on autoplay and pop-ups laid on the complete page. Google’s supremacy in online commercial ads sector together with the leading status of Chrome browser has triggered some tough questions, though.
In the course of the week, Google released its latest screening regulations on Chrome to bar every website that places such ads on its space, blocking out pop-ups laid on the complete page.
Google CEO Sundar Pichai
Reasons for this development is clear: Chrome users can browse free of interruption and they won’t be lured into saving blocking ads from intruders onto their devices.
Blocking an ad is a destroyer of profits, though, and websites that depend solely on them to generate cash will be barred. Websites that run ad business on Google are negatively impacting on the core of Google and other ad marketers that pay a certain fee for their whitelists placements on Adblock Plus.
Although many support the latest regulation on Chrome, some tough questions have been raised concerning the supremacy of the Internet giant and Chrome’s preeminence. Following the yardstick and guidelines developed by Better Ads Coalition, a company that Google works with and also belongs to its board, Chrome has stated types of ads that will be blocked and they are falling under 12 categories.
Some board members of the ad company expressed dissatisfaction over Google’s inept power and how it’s trying to wield it on the decisions of the board, simply because it created the survey that was conducted to decide disturbing types of ads.
A close case study is YouTube, whose ads’ preview video was left out of the research that selected types of interrupting ads. Johnny Ryan, the leader of the ecosystem working for PageFair, a firm that specializes in protecting publishers against blocking of ads, refers to this action as inadvertence.
The ad blocking move is great for Chrome users but bad for advertisers
Ryan pointed out that the adblocker on Chrome is a good move beneficial to users but not to the website operators who are shocked that such step is being taken to purge ads from the websites. On the other hand, no harm is being done to Google’s configurations.
Wall Street had a chat with the Internet titan, and it was told that Google might put video versions of ads on trial sometimes later. Some observers are of the opinion that the arduous business scale of Google makes it look as if it’s trying to decide what people should and should not view online.
NetMarketShare reported that the gigantic weight of Google’s online commercial ads, which is larger than the size of its five rivals put together, and Chrome browser which owns 58.20% share of the market have bestowed more privileges on it.
The chief executive of the digital advert eZanga, Rich Kahn, felt that Google is trying to dictate users and websites what to view although users can deactivate Adblock on their browser, as it still doesn’t change the authoritarian nature of the move.
In the opinion of Marc Guldimann, chief executive of Parsec, an ad firm and a victim of Chrome’s new Adblock policy, admitted that BAC was right about giving subscribers flawless browsing experience but he didn’t agree with some specifications used in the research techniques because they were incorrect.
Supporting Guldimann on his stand, Henry Kargman, director of Kargo, a company that specializes in digital ads and also a member of BAC’s board, explained that the coalition made justified policy, but he has questioned if Chrome was designed to execute this program. He pointed out that codes don’t have many nuances.
He wonders how will a gray area of an ad be flagged for blocking. How will inappropriate ads be detected?
Kargman expressed concerns over the rejection of Chrome’s developments by many companies. He’s not sure what Chrome has in mind as regards to the flagging of ads, whether Google will tender its decisions before BAC or if Chrome will determine misleading ads by itself.
Henry, however, said that BAC has requested a detailed proposal from Google on how it plans to give sites whose ads may be flagged the chance to clear their names and prove that their ads are not offensive. Google is yet to respond to the request!