Mozilla user's view about "ad tiles".
"I didn’t know there were such great cynics at the Mozilla Foundation. Surely didn’t see this coming.
Putting aside the monetary benefits for the Mozilla foundation, I can’t see any benefits for any user at all. What’s the benefit of being manipulated from the start? What’s the benefit of the user’s data being send to a third partie not by visiting a website but just by starting a browser? (And how is this connected to Mozilla’s work of defending its users’ privacy?
“Directory Tiles will instead suggest pre-packaged content for first-time users. Some of these tile placements will be from the Mozilla ecosystem, some will be popular websites in a given geographic location, and some will be sponsored content from hand-picked partners to help support Mozilla’s pursuit of our mission.”
I suppose “popular websites in a given geographic location” will include Google, Facebook and Windows Updates? (I admit, all of them are well-known for respecting their users’ privacy…).
If Mozilla is seriously in need of many, asking for donations would have been a considerable alternative (Oh wait…you did…it’s just that you didn’t ask your users…well…maybe next time).
If you want to gain money through advertisements, it’s your choice. But when you start selling those tools of manipulation as well-meant “suggestions”, the whole story becomes quite a perversion. Microsoft and Apple have been doing so… can’t believe you’re imitating them now.
Well, I guess “non-profit organization” ist a quite ambiguous term. I guess, sometimes it’s the users who don’t gain anything."