Facebook Container – Solutions to Your Facebooks Data Tracking Concerns

April 23, 2018

Long gone are times when stalking was limited only to the celebrities; now it has become mainstream, more like a norm in the society. Some entities, especially social media websites have provided avenues to users that allow them to peek into someone’s life. An active part has been played by Facebook. Agree! People use social platforms to stay updated with what’s happening in people’s lives, but what Facebook itself is doing is no different.

Facebook knows much about us, far and beyond any other app or service on the internet. In the wake of the recent privacy scandal of Cambridge Analytica—in which the social media giant revealed the data of 50 million users to a researcher working at Cambridge Analytica  (a data analytics firm) that handled all the digital practices for the Trumps campaign—Mozilla is encouraging people to take serious actions.

Mozilla’s new ‘Facebook Container’ extension:

To keep the FB users’ privacy defense strong, Mozilla has introduced an extension known as the “Facebook Container“. The extension allows the Firefox users to restrict their activities on Facebook to the social media website, i-e., Facebook.com. This will make it difficult for Facebook to monitor the users’ actions over the internet.

Mozilla had already stopped advertisements on Facebook considering the data privacy. For those judging the credibility of this new extension, Mozilla claims that the extension “does not collect data from your use of the Facebook Container extension. We only know the number of times the extension is installed or removed.”

Is Mozilla being anti-Facebook?

Contrary to many claims made, Mozilla is not against Facebook. It is not asking people to stop using Facebook once and for all, the main idea is to save people privacy and personal information from being tracked. Mozilla, in its company blog, writes and we quote:

“This Add-On offers a solution that doesn’t tell users to simply stop using a service that they get value from. Instead, it gives users tools that help them protect themselves from the unexpected side effects of their usage,”

The blog further explained:

“Facebook isn’t unique in their practice of collecting data from your activity outside of the core service, and our goal is not to single out a particular organization, but to start with a well-defined problem that we can solve quickly. As good privacy hygiene, it’s also worth reviewing your privacy settings for each app that you use regularly.”

How it works

To use the extension you first need to download Firefox if it is not already installed. Next, add the extension to the browser. Once Facebook Container has been installed, it will erase all the Facebook cookies and signs out your Facebook account.  After this, every time you visit Facebook, the site will show up in a blue-colored browser tab. You can log in your Facebook account on this tab.

Whenever you click on a third-party or non-Facebook link, it will open in another tab. When you click a Facebook Share button, let’s say while reading this blog in another tab, the extension will take you to the Facebook container tab.

The Drawback

Many of use social media logins to visit external websites. If you are using your Facebook account for such activity, including liking and commenting on the external site, Facebook container won’t let you do so.

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