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‘So Long, Firefox’ (Oct 20, 2021)

So Long, Firefox by Poorchop:

With the release of Firefox 93, Mozilla makes no attempt to hide the fact that they have fully embraced the spyware business model. Ads are now injected directly into the search bar and a user’s keystrokes are sent to Mozilla’s servers.

[via This day’s portion@leonp]

A few years back when Mozilla acquired Pocket, I did some research and found out how I could disable it. It’s interesting how quickly Mozilla implemented ads and tracking cookies (for advertising) after that buy. I never trusted Mozilla much after that occurred though I continued and still continue to use Firefox as an integral part of my web-related workflow. As Pocket states:

We use cookies to remember your account settings, and for analytics. Some of our ad partners use cookies on Pocket Explore pages, and if you accept these advertising cookies, your ads may be more personalized on other websites.

Mozilla’s hypocrisy is stunning! And that was even before this Firefox Suggest thing came around. When I first heard about Suggest, I checked my settings to make sure I was not opting in (it was unchecked). But I’m still pissed about the hypocrisy. After seeing what Poorchop shared about the CEO’s salary, I’m livid. What an insult to people who commit to using Firefox and, in some cases, making donations to Mozilla!

But like Poorchop and Leon, I’ll continue using Firefox begrudgingly even though Mozilla has now officially made it to my shitlist (which is getting a bit long by now). 😎

Notes on the small web (Oct 5, 2021)

The small web is for the rest of us. Those of us who don't live in America (or Germany), don't make six-figure salaries and can't even dream of flying to a meetup on another continent. Those of us who struggle to be heard at all.


[via hugochisholm]

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