Users will be able to get unlimited access to the content of sites with paywall, which use the counter of free readings.
Google introduced the Chrome 76 update. Now the browser makes user identification in incognito mode impossible, blocks Flash elements by default and allows sites to automatically turn on the dark theme. This was reported by the company in its blog.
Browser developer Paul Irish (Paul Irish) said that in the update, the company blocked a loophole in the FileSystem API, which allowed to determine whether the user is in incognito mode.
For example, The New York Times does not allow to shy away from paid access using the incognito mode and establishes a limited number of articles for free reading. However, after the update, users will be able to read an infinite number of notes.
The WhatsNewInPublishing edition estimates that the Chrome update will affect 33% of news sites. Journalists have suggested that publications will have to revise the policy of paywalls. Google representatives advised publishers to “require free registration to view content.”
Chrome 76 will also block Flash elements on sites by default. Developers will be able to customize their sites so that the dark theme is automatically turned on, if the dark theme is also used in the browser.