Published: Tue, March 27, 2018
IT&Software | By Alfonso Woods

Facebook Container - Add-ons for Firefox - Firefox Add-ons

Facebook Container - Add-ons for Firefox - Firefox Add-ons

"Instead, it gives users tools that help them protect themselves from the unexpected side effects of their usage".

Mozilla has released a Firefox tool called Facebook Container to stop the social network from seeing what you do online beyond Facebook's own site. In that tab you can login to Facebook and use it like you normally would. However, Facebook Container will make it much hard for Facebook to use information about your web activity off of the social network to target ads to you. This means Facebook can't easily track you while you're browsing other sites. It's also a good reason to install and start using the Firefox browser if you haven't already.

Mozilla is one of several companies that have suspended advertising on Facebook following the news that data analysis company Cambridge Analytica had harvested data from 50 million people without permission.

If you are a heavy Facebook user, I would recommend not using this extension as it may be create issues in many cases.

The add-on is named Facebook Container and is based on the "Container" experimental feature the Foundation tested in 2017, but which never made it in the Firefox core. Also, because you're logged into Facebook in the container tab, embedded Facebook comments and Like buttons in tabs outside the Facebook container tab will not work.

The "Facebook Container" is a browser extension that, as the company says in a blog post, "isolates your Facebook identity from the rest of your web activity".

Once installed, you'll know the add-on is working by the blue Facebook and lock symbol that appears in the address bar when visiting Facebook, just like in the image above.

Rather than stop using a service you find valuable and miss out on those adorable photos of your nephew, we think you should have tools to limit what data others can collect about you. This extension focuses on limiting Facebook tracking, but other ad networks may try to correlate your Facebook activities with your regular browsing. The "Facebook Container" automatically activates whenever the user opens the facebook.com website.

Should you click on any Facebook Share buttons on other browser tabs it will load them within the Facebook container.

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