Mozilla is formally investigating its set up of a cryptic extension for its Firefox net browser that was presupposed to tie in with the “Mr. Robotic” TV sequence however induced fear and anger as a substitute.
The extension, known as Trying Glass, was developed in partnership with the “Mr. Robotic” TV present about hackers, privateness and the facility of know-how giants. An augmented actuality sport that mixes real-world and on-line clues lets followers of the present resolve puzzles, and the Trying Glass extension for Firefox final week was the most recent step for gamers.
However loads of individuals who had no concept what was happening additionally bought it, seeing a mysterious new extension whose description stated solely “MY REALITY IS DIFFERENT THAN YOURS.” Mozilla despatched it to English-speaking Firefox customers within the US utilizing a browser testing software designed to let Firefox builders examine issues like efficiency and bugs. Mozilla confronted a backlash each for putting in a suspicious-looking extension with out permission and for utilizing the testing software to take action — each abuses of belief to Firefox customers who complained on dialogue discussion board Reddit.
The fake pas reveals how a lot management software program and makers have over the know-how we use — paying homage to Apple sending iPhone customers unasked-for U2 music and Amazon remotely eradicating a replica of George Orwell’s “1984” from Kindle e-book readers. Like them, Mozilla now could be attempting to make as much as sad customers of its product.
“The rollout didn’t meet the requirements to which we maintain ourselves, inflicting concern that was surfaced via our Firefox group … We’re sorry for the confusion and for letting down members of our group,” Mozilla stated in a weblog put up Monday. The nonprofit has begun a proper inner evaluate of technical, authorized and communications processes, and it will share ends in January about the way it’ll change its processes.
The add-on itself did not accumulate any private data — certainly, it did not do something in any respect until individuals activated it. When activated, it quickly inverted some web site textual content and revealed a clue for the “Mr. Robotic” sport gamers.