Google is taking matters in its hands by retiring spammy chrome add-ons available on the web-store. Since its inception in 2011, Chrome’s Webstore has more than 200,000 — the largest catalog of browser extensions.
The vast catalog has also made chrome a victim of spammers and fraudsters who want to take advantage of the browser’s hundreds of millions of users for a quick buck.
Google, however, wants to clean up the Chrome Web store by reviewing what it considers spam. Most recently, the company has even increased the review times for add-ons.
This, in part, will also ensure that users can discover important extensions faster. Major problems faced by the web store include the availability of copycats, some with misleading functionalities that have fake reviews and ratings.
The new spam policy tweaks up things a little bit to help the company achieve its primary goal of delivering a “clear and informative” path to users in extension discovery.
Google plans to crackdown on copycats by barring developers from publishing multiple extensions with similar functionality.