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An unexpected Google experiment destroyed thousands of Chrome browsers and led to huge losses

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Users at a loss, IT administrators are indignant

Google, without warning, made an experimental change to the Chrome browser. However, everything did not go as expected, which led to a scandal. 


An unexpected Google experiment destroyed thousands of Chrome browsers and led to huge losses


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Problems appeared on Wednesday, November 13th. They arose among corporate users who access Chrome through virtual systems. It is reported that the experimental update led to a failure in the "thousands" of corporate networks for about two days. 

As a result of the crash, the tabs in Chrome suddenly turned white, Internet access was blocked and the browser stopped responding to annoyances. The mistake has already been nicknamed the "white screen of death." The problem angered IT administrators, caused great inconvenience for users and losses for companies. 

Google confirmed the experiment and distributed an apology message to reporters. It is reported that as soon as the company received news of the problem, it was able to “rollback” the change. 


A function called WebContents Occlusion failed. It temporarily disables Chrome tabs if the user opens another application and starts working in it. At the same time, the browser continues to work in the background and consumes less system resources. It has been tested for several months in the pre-release builds of Chrome Canary and Chrome Beta. Problems started when Google decided to add WebContents Occlusion to a stable browser build. 

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