Courageous was scathing in its evaluation of Google’s AMP framework, claiming in a blog post launched on Tuesday that the framework is “dangerous to privateness” and “helps Google additional monopolize and management the course of the net”.
“An moral net have to be a user-first net, the place customers are in charge of their searching, and are conscious of who they’re speaking with. AMP (together with Google’s upcoming, precise identify nonetheless to come back, ‘AMP 2.0’) is incompatible with a user-first Internet. De-AMP provides to the lengthy checklist of Courageous options that put customers first on the Internet,” Courageous mentioned within the publish.
“The place potential, De-AMP will rewrite hyperlinks and URLs to stop customers from visiting AMP pages altogether. And in circumstances the place that isn’t potential, Courageous will watch as pages are being fetched and redirect customers away from AMP pages earlier than the web page is even rendered, stopping AMP/Google code from being loaded and executed.”
Courageous introduced that the De-AMP characteristic is now accessible in its Nightly and Beta variations and can quickly be enabled within the upcoming 1.38 Desktop and Android variations earlier than being launched on iOS.
Google claims on its website that the aim of AMP is to reinforce web site efficiency with a purpose to create “user-first experiences”.
This isn’t the primary time the privateness browser maker has gone after Google, with Courageous beforehand accusing the search engine large of breaching one of the EU General Data Protection Regulation’s principles surrounding consent for knowledge assortment, while a coalition of 10 US states filed a lawsuit against Google in 2020 alleging the corporate used the AMP framework to throttle commercials.
“Google’s inner paperwork belie the general public picture of brainy Google engineers having enjoyable at their sunny Mountain View campus whereas attempting to make the world a greater place. Reasonably, to cement its dominance throughout on-line show markets, Google has repeatedly and overtly violated antitrust and shopper safety legal guidelines,” the coalition mentioned in its legal complaint [PDF] on the time.