Starting from February 15th, Google's Chrome web browser remove "intrusive" ads from sites that do not follow the Better Ads Standards, and the company explained how the new feature works.
The Better Ads Standards are the result of public consumer research by the Coalition for Better Ads, an industry group focused on improving users' experience with online advertising. Over 40,000 internet users in North America and Europe participated in surveys where they were asked to evaluate how intrusive some ads were. The most intrusive ad experiences include prestitial ads (those full-page ads that block you from seeing the content on the page) and flashing animated ads.
According to Google, the majority of problematic ad experiences are controlled by the site owner - such as high ad density or prestitial ads with countdown.
Chrome evaluates how well sites comply with the Better Ads Standards, inform sites of any issues encountered, provide the opportunity for sites to address identified issues, and remove ads from sites that continue to maintain a problematic ads experience.
Sites are evaluated by examining a sample of pages from the site. Depending on how many violations of the Better Ads Standards are found, the site will be evaluated as having a status of Passing, Warning, or Failing.
The Ad Experience Report in Google's Search Console allows site owners to see their overall site evaluation status, as well as the specifics of any violations identified on their site.
Chrome will automatically block intrusive ads on sites that have been found to violate the Better Ads Standards, but users have the option to disable the feature by selecting "allow ads on this site."