Mozilla used Firefox's notification system to push the Facebook boycott
Some users of the latest stable version of the Firefox web browser for Android have received a push notification by Mozilla itself. The notification links to this blog post on the Mozilla website in which the organization states that it has joined the StopHateForProfit coalition and asks its users to do the same. One of the goals of the campaign is to pressure Facebook into controlling certain content more tightly on the platform.
The user selection process is unclear, but it is possible that the notification is limited to users from the United States.
Public reactions to the use of non-browser-related push notifications by Mozilla have been negative mostly, see user reactions on Twitter or Reddit for example.
The Mozilla blog post that the 'arkenfox' article links to contains the following:
Facebook is still a place where it’s too easy to find hate, bigotry, racism, antisemitism and calls to violence.
Today, we are standing alongside our partners in the #StopHateForProfit coalition and joining the global day of action to tell Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg: Enough is Enough.
Will you join hundreds of thousands of people who stand with this coalition to tell Zuckerberg to #StopHateForProfit?
No one should be using any of the data-slurping, perception engineering, mainstream social media platforms as far as i'm concerned, but that isn't the point here. This is at least the second time that Mozilla has attempted to censor content on the web. Perhaps these corporate clowns ought to stick to focusing on software development and keep their noses out of politics and interfering with free speech. That Mozilla used the built-in push notification capability of Firefox to spam users with a personal political message is yet another instance in a growing list of unforgivable blunders it has made.
More of my personal feelings regarding Mozilla here: The Mozilla Monster