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Sites with a terrible ads experience will no longer get to show ads in Chrome

And Google will give publishers a tool to ask visitors to turn off third-party ad blockers.

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Google Chrome plans to eventually start blocking ads on websites that display a large number of bad quality ads, Google has confirmed.

The company also said it is releasing a tool for publishers to assess the quality of their ads and to create messages to show to visitors who use third-party ad blockers. The plan to block ads and the tool for showing messages were first reported by the Wall Street Journal.

Sites that may face ad blocking are those not compliant with a set of standards for ads from the Coalition for Better Ads, an industry organization that counts Google and Facebook as members.

Ads that violate these standards include pop-ups, autoplaying ads and ads with flashing images. Noncompliant websites will have their ads blocked when viewed in Chrome starting in early 2018, said Google.

For a publisher to face ad blocking, a significant portion of their ads will have to be in violation.

Google declined to state what the threshold of bad ads would be for a site to see all ads blocked. But basically, the ad experience will have to be pretty egregious overall for a site to have all its ads blocked.

Reports in April that Google planned to release an ad-blocking tool caught the attention of European Commissioner for Competition Margrethe Vestager, who tweeted that she would “follow this new feature and it’s effects closely.”

The European Commission is already expected to fine Google for alleged anticompetitive behavior with its shopping service, according to Reuters.

Today, Google is releasing a tool called the Ad Experience Report that will warn publishers of any ads that violate the coalition’s standards. This is what the tool looks like:

Ad Experience Report
Google

Google is also releasing a tool called Funding Choices, currently in a testing phase, which will allow publishers to display a customized message when a visitor using a third-party ad blocker comes to their site. A message might request that visitors enable ads on the site or might ask them to pay the publisher not to display ads to them.


This article originally appeared on Recode.net.

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