Google Chrome treats abuse notifications harshly by enforcing enforcement measures that explicitly prohibit users from using notifications that allow notifications from websites that have a history of sending messages containing abusive content. With Chrome 86, when Google detects abuse notification content from the source, it will automatically display permission requests using a quiet user interface. Google’s automated web crawling service sometimes evaluates sites by subscribing to site notifications, and flags sites when they discover unethical notification practices.
The technology giant explained in its blog that a new and quieter UI has been introduced to ensure a safe browsing experience for Chrome users. Google asserts that this approach is only applicable to websites that try to trick users into accepting notification permissions for malicious purposes (such as sending malware or imitating system messages to obtain user login credentials). For these sites, the notification bell icon will be muted, and clicking the icon will display a dialog box stating that the notification has been blocked. It says: “This site may try to deceive you to allow intrusive notifications.” Then, the user is given the option of allowing notifications or continuing to block notifications. The new notification UI adjustments will be launched for both mobile and desktop users.
Google will take comprehensive measures to identify these threatening sites. The company explained on the blog: “If push permission is requested, Google’s automated web crawling service sometimes subscribes to website push notifications. Notifications sent to automated Chrome instances using Safe Browsing technology will be assessed for abuse content. If it is resolved, the website that sent the malicious notification will be marked as mandatory.”
Google will also send emails to these site owners and users in the site’s Search Console at least 30 calendar days before the start of execution. The website can then resolve its notification issue within a 30-day grace period and request additional review. It also publishes useful guidelines for site owners to quickly resolve abuse notification issues.
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