Mozilla enabled ads in Firefox and they're active in Fedora

Mathieu Bridon bochecha at
Tue Nov 18 13:28:14 UTC 2014

On Tue, 2014-11-18 at 15:12 +0200, Nikos Roussos wrote:
> On 11/18/2014 02:55 PM, Benjamin Kreuter wrote:
> > On Tue, 2014-11-18 at 11:15 +0200, Nikos Roussos wrote:
> >>>> I'm talking about the "advertisement" part. Some people seem to be
> >>>> bothered by this alone. Tiles feature indeed promotes some websites, but
> >>>> we already do that.
> >>>
> >>> No, actually we don't. We promote websites because we honestly think
> >>> they're useful, not because we're paid to do so.
> >>
> >> That's irrelevant. Paid or not, promoting websites through tiles or
> >> gnome-shell is the same form of advertisement.
> > 
> > Money is not irrelevant.  Paid advertising is how we wound up with
> > pop-ups, hover ads, etc.  The question is whether or not we can trust
> > Mozilla to steer clear of such things.  So far there seems to be no
> > reason to trust Mozilla -- the ads are opt-out, they only sometimes
> > respect DNT, and they are being pushed despite the backlash from
> > Mozilla's community.
> This is a moral judgment, so it's irrelevant for making a policy
> decision (from Fedora's point of view).

As a community, we can certainly decide to base our policies on moral
judgments we make, just as we can decide to base them on technical
judgments. (or even a mix of both)

For example, we don't allow nonfree software in Fedora, and I for one
certainly hope it is not **entirely** a technical decision.


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