Chrome for Android now “clean dirty URLs” before you share them
The Google Chrome for Android in its edition v64 is now able to “clean up dirty URLs” when you want to share them with friends and family on WhatsApp or other messengers. This feature automatically removes promotions and partner tracking codes, leaving only the original URL of the webpage.
That way, when you are sharing a web address, you will no longer see those absurdly huge URLs occupied practically all over your screen. This makes sharing simpler and may contribute to your privacy by preventing your browser – or the people to whom you send links – from being crawled.
Long URLs are typically found on virtual store product pages, which often use URL tracking features to offer promotions, rebates, or even post-purchase benefits. There are even companies that work virtually exclusively on creating these URLs to facilitate e-commerce partnerships.
However, in order to use the Chrome URL cleanup feature, the user only needs to use the browser’s page-sharing feature normally. When the sharing menu is activated, it automatically performs the URL cleanup for submission to any app installed on Android.
In any case, it will still be possible to copy long URLs without going through the cleanup process. Just copy the link in plain text from the Chrome address bar and paste wherever you wish.