New Chrome extension rules could hobble ad blockers

Google announced this week that Chrome browser extensions written to conform only with its outgoing Manifest V2 specification may no longer function come January 2023. 

Afterward, Chrome will support only extensions that conform to the Manifest V3 rules — and that could mean the end of some ad blockers and privacy extensions.

“Years in the making, Manifest V3 is more secure, performant, and privacy-preserving than its predecessor,” product manager for Chrome extensions and the Chrome Web Store David Li said in a blog post. “It is an evolution of the extension platform that takes into consideration both the changing web landscape and the future of browser extensions.”

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