I find pop-up ads highly annoying and not so useful because I tend to close the ad even before I get to read it. In fact, it has become a reflex action but an unhealthy one I must say. I mean who knows what helpful information I’ve missed from the ‘proper ads’ all thanks to these invasive ones.
Well, that’s not just a problem I or a minority have hence Google’s decision to introduce an inbuilt ad blocker for its browser Google Chrome. The ad blocker which is more of an ad filter because it will not be blocking all ads but just some is scheduled to be available next year. I’m sure you’re wondering what kinda ads will survive being blocked. Well, it’s basically the ads that comply with the ‘better ads standards’ which you can check out on this link
Whilist this might sound like good news to Chrome users (since you don’t have to install another ad block software or app), it might turn out not to be, particularly for ‘striminals’. ‘Striminals’ is an unofficial term used to describe people who stream from unofficial sources (torrent sites and other pirate platforms) and I think that makes the bulk of us.
Most of these annoying or ‘substandard’ ads appear on torrent/pirated sites because they are a key source of revenue for them. The fact that already people are using ad blocks is bad enough for torrent business, how much more when Chrome goes ahead to build an inbuilt one?
Another thing to note is that Chrome is the leading browser on many of these pirate sites and therefore, this initiative will pinch the torrent sites as well as other pirate platforms harder than it would have had the initiative been for any other browser.
So in essence, this step will cut on most of these pirated sites’ revenues and we know that for any business, low or no revenues basically means its death. And if torrent sites die … (feel free to complete)