Firefox Users Cry Foul Over 'Mr. Robot' Ad Installed As Research Program

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However, Mozilla has since moved the extension to the Firefox add-on store where users can grab it on their own, if they want it.

The issue shows just how much control outside organizations have over our computing hardware and software - even well-meaning organizations devoted to online privacy and to making us all "empowered, safe and independent." But it turned out that Mozilla had sneakily added the extension to Firefox as a way of promoting an augmented reality game to "further your immersion into the Mr. Robot universe".

The mysterious plugin was installed without explanation, just with the ominous phrase "My Reality is Different Than Yours", sparking fears that it was some kind of malware.

Mozilla who bundled a browser extension along with the Firefox browser did so without an explanation. However, the non-profit recently faced backlash from users when it installed an extension called "Looking Glass" on its browser without permission.

Many Firefox Quantum users are not happy with Mozilla since they found a unusual new plugin in their browsers. If "Looking Glass" is there, you can click the "remove" button. The show is about hackers causing all kinds of mischief and given Mozilla's actions, the development can nearly be considered amusing.

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In the official support page for Looking Glass, Mozilla defended the tie-up with Mr. Robot because the show promotes the importance of online privacy and security. It's also jabbing Google with an ad campaign that says, "Big browser is watching you".

This development hurt the image that Mozilla was trying to build for Firefox, which was being marketed as a browser that is meant to benefit the people the most, not corporations.

But the Mr. Robot extension damaged trust for some. And, as some discovered, it's possible to participate in Shield Studies without specifically opting in (h/t Engadget). "If I can not trust Mozilla to use these tools responsibly I will have to disable them and recommend my friends and co-workers do the same".

This extension was only installed onto browsers used by people within the United States and was checked to make sure it did not collect any user data.

In fact, some Mozilla employees were unhappy about the partnership with Mr. Robot. The problem that many users have is that a plug-in randomly popped up in their browser unannounced and they were left very alarmed.

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