Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 17th Dec 2017 19:39 UTC
Mozilla & Gecko clones

For a long time, it was just setting the default search provider to Google in exchange for a beefy stipend. Later, paid links in your new tab page were added. Then, a proprietary service, Pocket, was bundled into the browser - not as an addon, but a hardcoded feature. In the past few days, we’ve discovered an advertisement in the form of browser extension was sideloaded into user browsers. Whoever is leading these decisions at Mozilla needs to be stopped.

Mozilla garnered a lot of fully deserved goodwill with the most recent Firefox release, and here they are, jeopardising all that hard work. People expect this kind of nonsense from Google, Apple, or Microsoft - not Mozilla. Is it unfair to judge Mozilla much more harshly than those others? Perhaps, but that's a consequence of appealing to more demanding users when it comes to privacy and open source.

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This seems way overblown
by subsider34 on Mon 18th Dec 2017 20:44 UTC
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I'm not sure why this is an issue really. If you look at the description of the experiment it contains the following text:

"Participating in this shared world experience requires explicit user opt in. If you are not actively participating in the ARG no modifications will be made to firefox."

How is something like this a violation of user privacy or trust?

Edited 2017-12-18 20:44 UTC

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RE: This seems way overblown
by brion on Mon 18th Dec 2017 21:27 in reply to "This seems way overblown"
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Because you don't *know* that it does nothing (at least, until they changed the description to say it did nothing). And you don't know that the next thing they slip in won't do nothing, either.

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