Adblock: Google will kill ad blockers on Chromes
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Friday, May 31, 2019

Google is preparing to evolve its Manifest API set, used by extensions including adblock extensions - the famous ad blockers.  They are currently relying on Manifest V2: instead of letting the extensions filter the content themselves, the v3 should force these extensions to rely on the API provided in Chrome.  This one would be particularly restrictive, de facto breaking the normal functioning of these extensions.  With the exception, all the same, business customers (paying).  The effective date of the Manifest v3 is not yet known - it may not be effective for several months.

Adblock extensions will probably not be welcome on Chrome soon.  Google has been working for some time on its new Manifest API series - and a change is making a lot of grit.  Indeed, Google wants to replace the webRequest API used by these extensions to filter content and scripts by a more restrictive API, declarativeNetRequest - already available.  But this one is full of limitations.  For example, it is possible to define only 30,000 rules during installation, then 5000 once the extension is installed.

Google is likely to suffocate adblock extensions

According to AndroidPolice, Google says that these limits will be raised - but we do not know to what extent.  To give you an idea of ​​how many rules need an extension of this type, the blog evokes the case of EasyList - set of basic rules used by most adblockers - which has 76,000.  Of course, the publishers of these extensions are upwind against these new rules.  It should also be noted that the web economy is largely financed by advertising - this is how we can offer you daily news, files and other content free of charge.

 If such a system did not exist, most of the sites you used to consult would be protected behind a paywall.  For this reason, we ask our readers to voluntarily remove Phonandroid (and the sites you visit regularly) from this kind of filtering to allow them to continue to exist.  Nevertheless the blocking of advertisements can make sense on some sites which propose advertisements and other abusive scripts - we speak here for example of autoplay of videos with the sound, popup, mining of cryptomonnaies without the knowledge of the user, between  other.

In addition, we learn that the current extensions will continue to work under the same conditions for corporate customers (pay) when the Manifest v3 comes into effect.  For now, Google has not established a schedule.

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