Mozilla has a new ad-blocker called Focus by Firefox for iOS users

9 Dec 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Mozilla has a new ad-blocker called Focus by Firefox for iOS users.

“Focus by Firefox puts users in control of their privacy by allowing them to block categories of trackers such as those used for ads, analytics and social media. Focus only works on Safari and not Firefox, Mozilla’s own browser, on iOS, but the company says that it couldn’t help it — Apple doesn’t make content blocking available to third-party browsers on iOS.

Among the reasons that he cited for taking down the app, Arment said that it “harmed the online ecosystem.” According to a Washington Post report , the debate over ad-blocking has spiraled into a much larger conversation about the future of blogs, newspapers and other online media. Ad blockers give users more control over their internet experience, but at the risk of undermining the very sites they depend on for information and entertainment. “We believe content blockers need to be transparent with publishers and other content providers,” Denelle Dixon-Thayer, a Mozilla executive, was quoted as saying to The Post “rather than placing certain content in a permanent penalty box.” Mozilla also canned its smartphone experiment by discontinuing Firefox OS, although the company will still continue to experiment on how it might work on other connected devices and Internet of Things networks. “We are proud of the benefits Firefox OS added to the Web platform and will continue to experiment with the user experience across connected devices. We will build everything we do as a genuine open source project, focused on user experience first and build tools to enable the ecosystem to grow,” TechCrunch quoted Ari Jaaksi, Mozilla’s SVP of Connected Devices, as saying.

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