Theres nothing more annoying than reading a compelling article on the Internet, only to have it be interrupted by an annoying ad that entirely obstructs your view. If youre particularly unluckyand depending on the website you are onyou may even come across pop-ups that either carry malware or advertise products that dont even exist. Dont fret though, Googles got you encompassed, and its got you covered by a lot .
According to a blog post, Google took down 780 million bad ads last year and were able to do so successfully, thanks to a staff of over a thousand people dedicated solely to extinguishing annoying ads from mobile apps and web browsers.
Through a combination of computer algorithms and people at Google reviewing ads, were able to block the vast majority of these bad ads before they ever get shown, wrote Sridhar Ramaswamy, Google SVP for ads and commerce.
Some examples of ads that were disabled include those peddling counterfeit merchandise, pharmaceuticals that have not been FD-Aapproved, weight loss scams, and unwanted software as well as those that lead to phishing sites and ones that are designed to look like legitimate system warnings that trick users into clicking them.
Additionally, the team has furthermore worked on a few useful tools that lets Google users mute ads permanently and customize their ad experience through a freshly improved Ads Settings page.
Given the massive quantity of pop-ups littering the Internet, the number of people it takes to shut them all down is not that astounding. In fact, if Google can please hire more of these heroes, the very best it would be for everyone.
H/ T Google Official Blog | Illustration by Max Fleishman