Mozilla: Prepares Firefox to block push notifications


Mozilla vs notification prompts: Most modern browsers support push notifications. You know the windows that display some web pages and ask you to accept sending notifications to the browser. Mozilla

Users should accept these notifications in order for sites to use the system.

Practically it may sound very good, but too many websites very quickly quickly adopted the new feature and so it has become quite annoying (for me personally).

Mozilla, however, thought of releasing a new feature in Firefox that would block all alert acceptance requests in the browser.

Mozilla announced yesterday that it intends to test to better understand the notifications in order to be able to reduce them in Firefox.

Data collected by Mozilla shows that the majority of requests for acceptance of notifications are rejected by users. From 25 December 2018 to 24 2019 January, Firefox Beta users saw 18 million alert prompts, but only 3% of them were accepted by users, while 19% caused the immediate closure of the page by users.

Mozilla plans to run two experiments on Firefox notification acceptance requests.

The first experiment will run on Firefox 68 Nightly from 1 April to 29 April 2019:
In the first two weeks: Firefox will not be alerted unless a user interacts with the last two weeks: Firefox will display a moving icon in the address bar if a browser alert is removed.

The second experiment will use telemetry to better understand the requests. Mozilla wants to collect data on the "conditions under which users interact with authorization prompts" and the time it takes to reject a request. The data collection will "run for a limited time, and to a very small percentage of users".

Firefox users who do not wish to participate in the above surveys can disable their participation in the settings:

Open the internal page about: preferences # privacy and find the Firefox Data Collection and Use. Uncheck "Allow Firefox to install and run studies" to block Shield studies.

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