Mozilla rolled out an add-on for its Firefox browser called Facebook Container that helps users to use their social media handle, but it will isolate your Facebook identity from the rest of your web activity. This means you can continue using Facebook account without letting Facebook send you targeted ads and messages, which is based on your personal data.
Recently, Facebook is being facing one of its worst PR crisis after a UK-based research firm Cambridge Analytica exposed profiles of 50 million users through a simple quiz application. Now, the rivals of Google’s Chrome, which is also one of the popular web browser company Mozilla has introduced this new tool that can help all the internet users who are worried about being tracked by these social media applications.
The Mozilla’s new extension, Facebook Container will limit Facebook from accessing your data. So, here’s how it works? The Facebook Container makes it harder for Facebook to track your activity on other websites via third-party cookies. When u install this extension, it will delete all your Facebook cookies and logs you out. The extension creates a blue-coloured browser tab called container when you next time login to Facebook. You can continue using Facebook normally from within the tab. However, 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. In case you click any Share buttons on other browser tabs it will load them within the container. Please note that Facebook will be informed about the website you shared from. As per the Firefox Frontier blog, it also mentions that Like and embedded comments may not work properly in the tabs outside Facebook Container. Also, websites that ask you to create an account or sign in using your Facebook credentials will not work properly since this extension separates Facebook activity from other websites.
However, though Facebook Container is made to stop the leaks, but it cannot stop Facebook from mishandling data that it already has. Facebook will still have access to all your photos, videos, comments and uploads that you share on social media platforms.
Meanwhile, Mozilla claims that it does not have any access to any information from the use of its Facebook container. It only receives the number of time the extension is removed or installed. The browser also has a Firefox Multi-Account Containers, an extension for those who wish you to use multiple containers.