Firefox Expands Into Censorship Update: HOAX!)

Update: Red State has admitted this is a hoax:

Firefox users: We sent you a little message today.

By: The Directors (Diary)  |  April 8th, 2014 at 06:41 PM  |  74

Today, users of the Firefox web browser were given a message when accessing most of our Front Page content at RedState. They were told that this site could not be displayed, because of a conflict with the values of the Mozilla corporation, and they were suggested to visit another site.

We put that message up, because we wanted to remind people that the totalitarian impulse of the Mozilla corporation is real, and if you haven’t been Made to Care yet, you will be soon.

Send a message that you won’t take it lying down. Get another browser.

I deeply regret passing along a hoax, and am angry at Red State for publishing something that is untrue. Red State has lost my respect and any future presumption of credibility. They may also be hearing from Firefox's attorneys.  This is an excellent way to sacrifice a good cause in the name of sensationalism. Much though I hate it, I must hereby apologize to Firefox, and I blame Red State.

-Thomas Lifson, editor

original item below:

This morning I clicked on a link to a Red State website article concerning “The War on Women” and “Paycheck Equality” and got quite a surprise (the same thing happens when a Firefox user goes directly to the article).

Nanny Firefox posted a political opinion on my screen before allowing me to proceed to read the article. This message didn’t appear when I accessed a second article which met with Firefox’s political commissar’s approval. Here’s what Firefox said:

Careful Now! (shouldn’t they have said “Achtung! or “Verboten!” or something similar?).

This website could not be displayed by Firefox because it is not consistent with Mozilla’s corporate values. May we suggest visiting another site instead?

Click anywhere to continue

Here is the digital photo I took of Firefox’s insertion of their political views into my morning browsing:

Notice that there is the implication in the “This website” sentence that one cannot access this Red State article under Firefox before, indeed, allowing one to go to that Red State piece by following the instructions in the last sentence.

This is a totalitarian move on the part of Mozilla Firefox but with a smiling facing – and a plausible deniability of censorship, nudging people to not access the site and also discouraging those readers who didn’t fully understand the written message from even attempting to click on the page and access the free exchange of ideas that we are entitled to under The Bill of Rights. I wonder if Firefox will soon censor access to the Republican National Committee’s website or Sen. Cruz’s website. I shouldn’t give them any ideas.

This is an outrage that should not be tolerated by people who wish to return to the America we had before Obama sent out to “fundamentally change” it. I will be following Dennis Prager’s suggestion to switch to Pale Moon next week.

Update: Red State has admitted this is a hoax:

Firefox users: We sent you a little message today.

By: The Directors (Diary)  |  April 8th, 2014 at 06:41 PM  |  74

Today, users of the Firefox web browser were given a message when accessing most of our Front Page content at RedState. They were told that this site could not be displayed, because of a conflict with the values of the Mozilla corporation, and they were suggested to visit another site.

We put that message up, because we wanted to remind people that the totalitarian impulse of the Mozilla corporation is real, and if you haven’t been Made to Care yet, you will be soon.

Send a message that you won’t take it lying down. Get another browser.

I deeply regret passing along a hoax, and am angry at Red State for publishing something that is untrue. Red State has lost my respect and any future presumption of credibility. They may also be hearing from Firefox's attorneys.  This is an excellent way to sacrifice a good cause in the name of sensationalism. Much though I hate it, I must hereby apologize to Firefox, and I blame Red State.

-Thomas Lifson, editor

original item below:

This morning I clicked on a link to a Red State website article concerning “The War on Women” and “Paycheck Equality” and got quite a surprise (the same thing happens when a Firefox user goes directly to the article).

Nanny Firefox posted a political opinion on my screen before allowing me to proceed to read the article. This message didn’t appear when I accessed a second article which met with Firefox’s political commissar’s approval. Here’s what Firefox said:

Careful Now! (shouldn’t they have said “Achtung! or “Verboten!” or something similar?).

This website could not be displayed by Firefox because it is not consistent with Mozilla’s corporate values. May we suggest visiting another site instead?

Click anywhere to continue

Here is the digital photo I took of Firefox’s insertion of their political views into my morning browsing:

Notice that there is the implication in the “This website” sentence that one cannot access this Red State article under Firefox before, indeed, allowing one to go to that Red State piece by following the instructions in the last sentence.

This is a totalitarian move on the part of Mozilla Firefox but with a smiling facing – and a plausible deniability of censorship, nudging people to not access the site and also discouraging those readers who didn’t fully understand the written message from even attempting to click on the page and access the free exchange of ideas that we are entitled to under The Bill of Rights. I wonder if Firefox will soon censor access to the Republican National Committee’s website or Sen. Cruz’s website. I shouldn’t give them any ideas.

This is an outrage that should not be tolerated by people who wish to return to the America we had before Obama sent out to “fundamentally change” it. I will be following Dennis Prager’s suggestion to switch to Pale Moon next week.