An upcoming Google Chrome update could be bad news to ad blocker users.

Google, in a blog post, revealed that Manifest 3 is coming in January next year. This means that the extensions to the Manifest 2 Chrome version may no longer be available in its store.

A year after Manifest 3 comes out, Chrome will stop the support on extensions made for Manifest 2 and developers won’t be able to deliver updates.

According to the report, a lot of the ad blockers that are currently installed by Chrome users will be disabled.

Google and Alphabet Inc. themselves admitted that their revenues rely on ads and ad-blockers are affecting how much money they make.

Still, this would be disappointing to ad-block users, who use such features for improved privacy protection and battery life. Even the NSA, FBI, and other government agencies are using it for malvertisement protection.

See also: AdBlockers installed in over 300,000 devices contain malicious codes

Apple, on the other hand, went the other route and gave users an option to opt out of app tracking for marketing purposes. Google confirmed a similar feature is coming to Android and we’re curious to see how it’s going to be implemented.

Via: GameByte

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