recently Blog post, Chrome extensions and online store product manager David Li announced that starting from January 17, 2022, online stores will no longer accept Google browser extensions built using Manifest V2 specifications. In addition, the Manifest V2 extension will be completely disabled in January 2023, so any content you have installed will no longer work.
“After years of development, Manifest V3 is safer, more efficient, and more private than its predecessor,” Li wrote. “This is the evolution of the expansion platform, while considering the ever-changing network landscape and the future of browser expansion.”
This is also a big problem for a very different and more practical reason for many Chrome users: as Technology Radar Explain that the loss of Manifest V2 means that the ad blocker that many Chrome users are accustomed to using will no longer work. Manifest V3 deprecated the specific APIs that current ad blockers use to do their things, and there is a debate about whether new Manifest V3 specifications can or will be used to build new ad blockers.
Google said in 2019 Chromium blog post Disabling ad blockers is “definitely not the goal of the new specification.” “In fact, this change aims to provide developers with a way to create a safer and more efficient ad blocker,” Simeon Vincent, a Chrome extension developer advocate, wrote at the time.
in a Filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in 2018However, Google’s parent company Alphabet has clearly warned that both existing and new ad-blocking technologies may harm its business.
The document states: “Techniques have been developed to make customizable advertisements more difficult or completely block the display of advertisements, and some online service providers have integrated technologies that may harm the core functions of third-party digital advertising.” “Most of us at Google Revenue comes from the fees paid to us related to the display of online advertisements. Therefore, such technologies and tools may adversely affect our business performance.”
The Electronic Frontier Foundation also disputed Google’s claims, saying in a statement 2019 statement Although the Manifest V3 standard may not be specifically aimed at killing ad blockers, it can easily happen as a side effect of the restrictions imposed by the new API on developers.
EFF writes: “For developers of ad and tracker blocking extensions, flexible APIs are not only good, but also necessary.” “As specific privacy protections become popular, ads and trackers will evolve to escape They. Therefore, blocking extensions also needs to evolve, otherwise it may become irrelevant… If Google decides that privacy extensions can only work in a specific way, it will be permanently tilted to support ads and trackers.”
Alexei Miagkov, the co-author of the post and senior staff technologist, told Register EFF’s position on the new Manifest V3 standard and Google’s reasons for this have not changed. “Our criticism is still there,” he said. “The reason they publicly stated [for this transition] It makes no sense at all. “
Google said it will share more details about the switch to Manifest V3 in Chrome as it approaches the launch date, and promises to continue adding new features to it “according to the needs and voices of our developer community.” The detailed timetable for Manifest V2/V3 conversion is available at Chrome Developer Site.
Even if Google does kill the ad blocker we know in Chrome, extension developers may find a solution to continue to avoid ads.If they can’t, then more people will start learning Pi hole.