Google plans to help Adobe's Flash exercise its right to be forgotten – by gradually stripping the animated content from its search index, starting some time later this year.

Flash was beloved by millions of netizens roughly two decades ago.

In the years after its introduction in 1996, Flash provided a development platform that worked consistently across systems despite the quirks of browsers.

It offered animation, sound, and interaction that web technology couldn't match at the time.

But over the past decade, it has fallen out of favor.

It suffered a mortal blow in 2010 when then Apple CEO Steve Jobs banned Flash from iOS because of security and performance issues, not to mention Apple's insistence on platform control.

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