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Firefox Wants To Reduce Annoying Push Notifications

Firefox Wants To Reduce Annoying Push Notifications

Push notifications in browsers are annoying and extremely unpopular with Firefox users. Therefore, Mozilla now wants to proceed against them.

Firefox and other browsers display notifications when a web page requests specific permissions. Particularly annoying are requests, whether a website may ask if they can send push notifications. These messages are often misused for spam, which is why Mozilla wants to restrict them now. But also Firefox does not want to completely remove them, because there are practical applications.

How exactly Firefox will handle the requests for push messages, the developers want to first find out in experiments. First they are started in the nightly builds of Firefox. In a first test, Firefox will not display a notification request until there is a user interaction, for example a click or a keystroke. In a second experiment Mozilla wants to collect and analyze exceptionally additional user data. That should happen in a certain period with a limited circle of users, announces Mozilla in a blog entry.