Vivaldi browser is an upstart browser founded by the former CEO of Opera Jon von Tetzchner. Of course, it directly competes with Google’s own Chrome browser. In an interesting turn of events, Google has deactivated the company’s Adwords and advertising account which has hampered the company’s ability to advertise their browser. According to Vivaldi, the company has been asked by Google to post uninstall instructions for the browser on its website. Interestingly enough (according to The Register), Google itself does not post uninstall instructions for its Chrome browser.
UPDATE (12/18/2017 2:00 p.m. ET): A Google spokesperson responded to our inquiry with the following statement.
“We certainly don’t suspend anyone from Adwords because they criticize us. We do take action against sites that contravene our guidelines and policies about software downloads, which are there to ensure that our users know exactly what they’re downloading and that the installation process is safe and easy to understand. And we follow those same guidelines and policies for our own products.”
“Google deactivated our advertising account a couple of days after I had a few interviews where I talked about privacy issues,” Vivaldi CEO and co-founder Jon von Tetzchner told us. “This is the second time they did this, but this time there was no indication in the AdWords interface that we had been blocked.
“We, however, quickly contacted them to get clarification [about why the account had been suspended] and after a while, we got their demands. One was [that we needed] to show a link to terms underneath the download button. The other was to show [the user] help information as to how to uninstall Vivaldi under the Vivaldi download button.
“This is not something that is usual and Google does not do this themselves. It is normal to show a link to terms during install and uninstall is the same for Vivaldi as for all other applications you install.”
“Google told journalists that ‘We do not demand from others what we do not demand of ourselves’ – which is very clearly untrue.”
It’s an interesting request that seems to be legitly covered under Google’s AdWord policy. The question then is, why isn’t Google doing the same on their Chrome website? Tetzchner is very clearly attempting to compete against Chrome and if you read the article on The Register, you’ll see many quotes supporting that.
“Something happened where we’re now being monitored all the time. Sometimes I’ll ask people: can I can follow you wherever you go, and see everything you see on your computer? Can I see every move that you watch? Listen to what you say all the time?”
We are reaching out to Google for further comment on this story and will update if we get a response.
What do you think of Google deactivating Vivaldi’s Adwords account and requesting they post uninstal instructions while failing to do so for Chrome? Let us know in the comments below, or on Google+, Twitter, or Facebook.Source: The Register