Mozilla Launches Facebook Container Extension To Help Users Avoid Being Tracked

| March 28 , 2018 , 17:13 IST

Mozilla on Tuesday launched a ‘Facebook Container’ extension to their web-browser Firefox. The extension isolates your Facebook identity from the rest of the web. That means Facebook will not be able to use your other web activity to send your targeted advertising.

When you install this extension it will delete your Facebook cookies and log you out of Facebook. The next time you visit Facebook it will open in a new blue-coloured browser tab (aka “container tab”). In that tab, you can log in to Facebook and use it like you normally would. If you click on a non-Facebook link or navigate to a non-Facebook website in the URL bar, these pages will load outside of the container.

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Should you click on any Facebook Share buttons on other browser tabs it will load them into the Facebook container. You should know that when you’re using these buttons information will be sent to Facebook about the website that you shared from.

But, this extension would not be able to save user’s data from being compromised as it was in the Cambridge Analytica scandal. It also doesn’t stop Facebook advertisers to mine information from your profile and your activity while on the social network in order to target you with advertisements while browsing Facebook.

This extension will help curb one of the holes of Facebook that offers users to prevent the social media website to collect data outside of its own service.