Firefox faces backlash after people found auto installing add-on

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It is very common for users to install some add-ons on their browser when they need it. But, what happens when you see some  installed add-ons which you haven’t permitted to install. The same thing happens with some Firefox Quantum users and they found a new add-on which they did not permitted to install.

Some users got a new add-on “Looking Glass” into their Firefox Quantum, when they tried to get the details they found a very suspicious description “MY REALITY IS JUST DIFFERENT THAN YOURS”. People shared their concern on reddit.

Finally, it was found that Looking Glass was not any spam or virus but it was a promotional add-on for Mr. Robot, a TV series about the life of a cybersecurity-engineer-slash-hacker.

Some details out for this add-on is that the add-on is developer under Shield Studies program, a platform available on all Firefox channels that gives you a way to test features before they’re released.Tech news website “Techcrunch” reached out to mozilla for the more informations and they said —

“Firefox worked with the Mr. Robot team to create a custom experience that would surprise and delight fans of the show and our users. It’s especially important to call out that this collaboration does not compromise our principles or values regarding privacy. The experience does not collect or share any data.

The experience was kept under wraps to be introduced at the conclusion of the season of Mr. Robot.  We gave Mr. Robot fans a unique mystery to solve to deepen their connection and engagement with the show and is only available in Firefox.”

Mozilla is the organization which is known for its user privacy concern. But, the incident broke this image. Now, Mozilla on its support page gave information about what it is and how to disable it. Mozilla also wrote about its connection with Mr. Robot

“The Mr. Robot series centers around the theme of online privacy and security. One of the 10 guiding principles of Mozilla’s mission is that individuals’ security and privacy on the internet are fundamental and must not be treated as optional. The more people know about what information they are sharing online, the more they can protect their privacy.

Mozilla exists to build the Internet as a public resource accessible to all because we believe open and free is better than closed and controlled. We build products like Firefox to give people more control over their lives online.”