Mozilla Firefox happens to be one among the most used internet browsers today. However, the notification spam on it tends to hamper the user experience. However, Firefox has now come up with a way to fight and stop notification spam so that its users won’t have to deal with them. According to a recent study by Mozilla, pop-up notifications that show up instantly after the user opens a website can be a pain. And a majority of people don’t want to be bothered by these so-called pop-up notifications, that’s why they choose to ignore and cancel the pop-up by clicking on ‘No’. In its study, Mozilla found out that 97 percent of the time users have declined the permission for the pop-up notifications.
So, to give its users a clean and notification-free internet experience, Mozilla is working on a new version of Firefox which will block all notification requests. Currently, the new Firefox is in its beta phase, but the company will soon release the final version of the same. The new ‘nightly’ version of Firefox lets users block all the notification requests, unless the user has decided to interact with the website by clicking on it or by typing something.
The nightly version of Firefox will display an icon on the address bar if a website wants to send notifications to the user. Although Mozilla has agreed that this is not a perfect solution for the problem but it thinks that it is still an early test. The beta test of Mozilla Firefox will run till April 29. After a successful completion of the first test, Mozilla will conduct a second test to prevent the notification spam. According to Mozilla, it will launch a small experiment in Firefox 67 which will allow it to collect information on how the users interact with permission prompts and notification pop-ups they see on the internet when opening a website. This experiment will be run on a small percentage of Firefox users.
Earlier in 2018, Mozilla had added a new feature to the Firefox which allowed the users to opt out from receiving all new permission pop-ups for push notifications. But it should be noted that there are still a large number of users who rely on and use web apps and the notifications they receive are helpful for them.
However, Mozilla Firefox is not the only web browser which is looking to take control of the notification spam problem. Google Chrome is also working on several strategies to help fight notification spam. On Monday, tweets of Alex Russell, a Chrome engineer indicated that the browser may come up with a new solution to deal with notification prompts in the near future.
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