As Google nears the launch of its new “Manifest V3” extension platform for Chrome, many are beginning to worry about the future of ad-blockers. Google upcoming privacy and security updates will reportedly render popular ad-block essentially useless.
Ad-blockers now utilize Google Chrome’s “webRequest” API to block HTTP requests through the current Manifest V2 extension but the Manifest V3 extension “declarativeNetRequest” utilizes a blocklist of specific URLs. The only problem is the blocklist is limited to just 30,000 URLs, instead of the usual lists of over 300,000 sites.
Google Chrome 112 coming January 2023 will turn off support for Manifest V2 in the Canary, Dev and Beta channels, Chrome 115 launching in June will begin the transition to Manifest V3 with Manifest V2 extensions in the Chrome Web Store unlisted and removed completely January 2024.
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