Google Chrome hopes new ad controls will create a better overall experience
Starting Thursday, users of Google’s Chrome Web browser might start seeing fewer advertisements.
The company said it will roll out new controls based on Better Ads Standards pulling ads that fail to meet the requirements.
It’s part of The Better Ads Experience Program, organized by the Coalition for Better Ads, which count Facebook, Google and Microsoft as board members, as well as news publisher News Corp. Its goal is to push publishers to drop the worst kind of ads, ones that drive users to install blanket ad blockers.
The standards focus on 12 types of ads users find annoying, such as “large sticky ads,” ones that automatically play a video, or prestitial ads popping up with a timer, often requiring the user to hit an “X” before advancing to the actual page.
When a user reaches a site where ads have been blocked, they will receive a notification within the browser, along with the option to “always allow ads on this site.” Sites also will be regularly evaluated, with grades such as “passing,” “warning” or “failing.”
Typically, Web users would install third-party ad blockers, which can cause headaches for Web publishers who rely on ads as a key source of revenue.
In a blog post by engineering manager Chris Bentzel, the ultimate goal isn’t to block ads but to urge publishers to create a better overall experience.
Consumers may see fewer ads on Google’s Chrome browser. PAUL SAKUMA/AP