Google’s efforts to block ‘interrupted’ and ‘offensive’ notifications
Google has already had some success in this regard in recent years. The company now “calms down” notification prompts from websites that misuse notifications or misleadingly seek permission. Chrome even warns users if a site tries to cheat them because Google thus calms a site.
The report claims that the agency is now trying a tougher approach to fighting notification spam. A new code change will soon allow Chrome to automatically revoke a website’s permission to send notifications and block the site from making any future attempts to seek permission. However, it’s important to note that even if a user accidentally allows notifications from a malicious site, Chrome will intervene and stop sending notifications to the site. Currently, Chrome’s existing protections are only designed to impress users not to give that permission, leaving the final decision to them.
This process will not affect all websites that send notifications through Chrome and will only block those that Google considers “disrupted.” The report suggests that the feature only seems to be intended to keep Chrome spam-free.
Google justified its decision by saying that such breach of notice violates the Company’s “Developer Terms of Service”. This policy specifies that you will not use the Google API to send any type of spam. Notifications in Google Chrome, however, rely on the Google-specific API, but by an open web standard that has been supported by most browsers for over 10 years.