Google Chrome to Block Flash Player, only 10 websites exempt

According to a plan revealed by Google named “HTML5 by Default”, the Chrome browser will disable the playback of Flash content by default and use HTML5 instead in all possible scenarios. News about this new implementation first came on PC World on May 16, 2016.

According to reports, the Chrome browser will continue to ship Adobe’s Flash Player, but its presence will not be advertised by default. For example, if a website offers HTML 5, then it will be your default experience. If you are visiting a site which demands Flash, then you will see a prompt message at the top of the page when users first visit the site.

At this time, the prompt message will give the users the option to run or decline the flash player. If you accept to run flash, Chrome will advertise the presence of Flash Player and refresh the page. Google Chrome will memorize your options, and will follow the same when you visit the page for the second time.

Flash was once considered as a very integral part of web browsing, but with the introduction of HTML 5, things have taken a new turn, and it is now slowly overshadowing the Adobe product. Google believes that HTML 5 will give the users a more integrated media experience, that too with faster loading time and low power consumption.

At this juncture, readers should understand that Flash Player’s track record for vulnerabilities is not that great, and it is known for exposing users for various online threats.

Even in the midst of this new move, Google has clearly mentioned some exceptions in this policy. The search engine giant plans to to leave Flash enabled by default on the top 10 domains that depend on the plugin, and this list includes, Facebook, Amazon and YouTube. This list will be reviewed in a regular manner, and it will expire within an year.

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