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Google Chrome to add ad blocking next year

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Google's Chrome browser is set to get a built-in ad blocker early next year, the company has revealed.

Ad blockers, which block the showing of supposedly disruptive adverts and pop-ups, but are able to whitelist others, have been a controversial talking point for some time.

However with almost all of its revenue coming from ads, some have already questioned why Google is allowed so much control over online ads. After all, it serves ads, as well.

However, Google claims it won't be the only one deciding which ads get whitelisted inside Chrome. That task will be given to the Coalition for Better Ads, a group comprising of Google, Facebook, News Corp, and The Washington Post.

Writing a blog post about these changes (opens in new tab), Google’s senior VP of ads & commerce, Sridhar Ramaswamy, says the goal is to give users the best possible experience browsing the web.

“We believe these changes will ensure all content creators, big and small, can continue to have a sustainable way to fund their work with online advertising,” he writes.

“We look forward to working with the Coalition as they develop marketplace guidelines for supporting the Better Ads Standards, and are committed to working closely with the entire industry—including groups like the IAB, IAB Europe, the WFA, the ANA and the 4A’s, advertisers, agencies and publishers—to roll out these changes in a way that makes sense for users and the broader ads ecosystem.”

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Sead Fadilpašić is a freelance tech writer and journalist with more than 17 years experience writing technology-focussed news, blogs, whitepapers, reviews, and ebooks. And his work has featured in online media outlets from all over the world, including Al Jazeera Balkans (where he was a Multimedia Journalist), Crypto News, TechRadar Pro, and IT Pro Portal, where he has written news and features for over five years. Sead's experience also includes writing for inbound marketing, where he creates technology-based content for clients from London to Singapore. Sead is a HubSpot-certified content creator.