Google will stop showing Flash content in search results

nanoguy

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Google is putting one of the final nails in Adobe Flash's coffin. The company announced it will stop indexing pages that use Flash, as well as standalone ".swf" animation files. That means about three percent of all websites (or eight percent of the top 1000) will become less discoverable by the end of the year, while almost everyone else has already migrated to more modern web technologies.

Flash has been on its way out since 2010, when Steve Jobs famously decided to avoid including the technology in Apple's iPhone, iPad, and Mac products. While he was highly critical of the performance and security shortcomings of Flash, developers saw it as a necessary stepping stone towards richer websites and web apps. Many of us have fond memories of the first mini-games you could play in a web browser.

Adobe also signed Flash's demise in 2017, when it promised to stop updating and distributing it by the end of 2020.

Google's latest version of Chrome blocks Flash content by default, and while users and IT administrators can still enable it manually, that option will be removed in one of next year's releases. Microsoft's Chromium-based Edge will also be affected by these changes.

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arrowflash

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Honestly, Google has no business doing this, acting as gatekeepers and deciding what content people should be served. At the very least there should be a toggle in the settings to re-enable finding of Flash content. What if I want to search for Flash content, to find archives of old-school Flash-based games and Flash game portals (that still exist, even if their public nowadays is mostly nostalgic people)?

I'm getting really tired of companies such as Google thinking they know better than me what kind of content I should have access to. It's way past time that a better alternative came up.
 

Lew Zealand

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Honestly, Google has no business doing this, acting as gatekeepers and deciding what content people should be served. At the very least there should be a toggle in the settings to re-enable finding of Flash content. What if I want to search for Flash content, to find archives of old-school Flash-based games and Flash game portals (that still exist, even if their public nowadays is mostly nostalgic people)?

I'm getting really tired of companies such as Google thinking they know better than me what kind of content I should have access to. It's way past time that a better alternative came up.
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Lew Zealand

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I use DDG as my default but I can't find things sometimes on it so I head back to Google, where I (usually) find my answer. Which suggests that the 2 work differently. Of course that could merely be the difference of Google profiling me while DDG doesn't.
 
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