What is Looking Glass. : firefox

Rodiano Bonacci
Dicembre 17, 2017

The add-on, called Looking Glass, was meant to promote the season 3 finale of Mr. Robot that aired on Wednesday, December 13, but the whole media stunt failed miserably.

The confusion began earlier this week, when Firefox users noticed that the browser suddenly had an "add-on" extension called "Looking Glass 1.0.3".

The ones that weren't pissed off were confused, as the add-on had a cryptic name and description, and it took a lot of googling to figure out what the new add-on was about. "The Mr. Robot series centers around the theme of online privacy and security", the company said. "The more people know about what information they are sharing online, the more they can protect their privacy".

"Firefox and Mr Robot have collaborated on a shared experience to further your immersion into the Mr Robot universe, also known as an Alternate Reality Game (ARG)", Mozilla explained in a knowledge article.

It is unclear what the add-on did, as most users disabled and removed it from Firefox right away. Looking at its source code, available on GitHub, the add-on was supposed to trigger only on three very obscure URLs.

This explanation did not satisfy Firefox fans, who wondered why and how Mozilla was allowed to install add-ons to Firefox without the permission of users - especially an add-on that sounds so vague and sinister.

A little bit of detective work from the Firefox community turned up the truth about "Looking Glass", confirmed by Mozilla.

A screenshot of Looking Glass version 1.0.3 captured by TechCrunchshows that the extension's profile barely had anything in it. Version 1.0.4, which one of Engadget's editors found in his browser, was more forthcoming and admitted that it's a collaboration between Mr. Robot and Mozilla. Nothing is actually free. Much of Firefox's popularity is due to the perception that Mozilla is more focused on user choice and privacy than Google and its leading Google Chrome browser.

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