Critics wary as Google's Chrome begins an ad crackdown

        On Thursday, Google will begin using its Chrome browser to
        eradicate ads it deems annoying or otherwise detrimental to
        users. It just so happens that many of Google's own most
        lucrative ads will sail through its new filters.

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My own sense is that the kinds of ads that will be blocked by Chrome
are quite widely viewed as highly objectionable. I overall view this
effort as a significant net positive. That said, in the current toxic
political environment, there is a real risk that anything Google does
in this sphere could invite additional knee-jerk regulatory scrutiny,
especially by the EU, which obviously already has its claws out when
it comes to Google. I've also received a number of queries today
regarding whether Google's move to introduce AMP capabilities into
email -- a project which as you probably know I am highly critical of
for technical reasons -- might itself invite similar regulatory
scrutiny. It's definitely possible.

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