Google Chrome treats abuse harshly by enforcing enforcement measures that explicitly prohibit users from notifications that allow notifications from 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 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 notifications or continuing to block notifications. The new notification UI adjustments will be for both mobile and desktop users.

Chrome 86 performs poorly on websites that send malicious content via notifications

Google will take comprehensive measures to identify these threatening sites. The explained on the blog: “If 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.”

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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 . It also publishes useful guidelines for site owners to quickly resolve abuse notification issues.


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