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Mozilla’s new Firefox addon limits Facebook from tracking your online habits

Mozilla has launched a Firefox browser add-on that limits Facebook's ability to track a user's online activity. The add-on 'Facebook Container' isolates users Facebook sessions from the rest of their web activity. It’s designed to prevent Facebook from collecting information on other sites that users visit and target them with ads and other messages. How does it work? When you install the extension, it deletes your Facebook cookies from the browser and logs you out at first. The next time you open Facebook, it will be opened in a blue-coloured tab or “container” and you have to log back in. [caption id="attachment_182596" align="aligncenter" width="550"] Facebook running on a blue coloured tab.[/caption] From within that container tab, you can continue to use Facebook normally. If you click on a link, on your timeline, that takes you to an external website, it will load that page outside the container. If you click any Facebook share buttons outside of Facebook, it will load those in the Facebook container. Embedded Facebook comments and Like buttons that a staple of multiple websites won't work with this addon enabled. Mozilla's Firefox Frontier Blog explains, "This prevents Facebook from associating information about your activity on websites outside of Facebook to your Facebook identity. So it may look different than what you are used to seeing." Wouldn't have prevented Cambridge Analytica It is important to note that an addon like this would not have prevented users’ data from being compromised by Cambridge Analytica. The extension also does nothing…

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