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Google reinstates www to URLs in Chrome after user backlash, but only temporarily


Google has temporarily reversed changes to Google Chrome that hid the "www" subdomain in the address bar.

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Less than a week after Chrome was updated to hide the "www" in the URL from users, Google has put the subdomain back into the address bar.

Emily Schechter, product manager for Chrome security, said the "www" was reintroduced in Chrome 69 following user feedback.

"After receiving community feedback about these changes, we have decided to roll back these changes in M69 on Chrome for Desktop and Android," she said in a bug post.

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However, while the "www" has been reinstated in the most recent versions of Chrome 69, she said the browser will hide the subdomain once again when Chrome 70 is released.

The temporary u-turn follows Google receiving a large volume of criticism for obscuring the subdomain. Those attacking the move...(continued)

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