June 9, 2020
The Chrome Web Store currently lists more than 200,000 extensions. According to ZDNet Google has announced new rules for the Web Store in an attempt to cut down the number of shady Chrome extensions. Due to Chrome's success as today's top browser platform, the Chrome Web Store has seen an influx of spammers and fraudsters. Rules, starting August 27, are meant to crack down on a series of practices extension developers have ...been recently employing to flood the Web Store with shady extensions or boost install counts for low-quality content. Here are some of them. Developers cannot submit duplicated extensions (I.e. those which have different names and provide the same actions). "Keyword spam" techniques are not allowed (which flood metadata fields with multiple terms and have the extension listed across multiple categories to improve the extension's visibility in search results). Developers are now forbidden from inflating product ratings, reviews, or install counts by illegitimate means, such as fraudulent or paid downloads, reviews, and ratings. Extensions that have only one purpose, such as launching a web page or an app, are not allowed anymore. Extensions that abuse browser notifications to spam users with ads or other messages have also been banned. Until August 27 developers should fix their extensions in case they want to be listed in the Web Store further.