Mozilla Slipped a 'Mr. Robot'-Promo Plugin into Firefox and Users Are Pissed
The extension, called
"I have no idea what it is or where it came from. I freaked out a bit and uninstalled it immediately," one user wrote on Reddit.
Without an explanation included with the extension, users were left digging around in the code for Looking Glass to find answers. Looking Glass was updated for some users today with a description that explains the connection to Mr. Robot and lets users know that the extension won't activate without explicit opt-in.
"Mozilla folks, what you did with this addon this was stupid and moronic. Most users are not programmers; most people don't watch
; and most people are not going to waste a bunch of time tracking down stupid crap like this," another user
Mozilla justified its decision to include the extension because
promotes user privacy. "The
series centers around the theme of online privacy and security," the company said in an
of the mysterious extension. "One of the 10 guiding principles of Mozilla's mission is that individuals' security and privacy on the internet are fundamental and must not be treated as optional. The more people know about what information they are sharing online, the more they can protect their privacy."
It is currently unclear what user-privacy considerations Mozilla management made before deciding to auto-install the Mr. Robot plugin into Firefox. A representative told Gizmodo the company is looking into the issue.
If you don't want some random Mr. Robot -themed game installed in your browser, you can remove it by going to your Firefox menu, clicking Add Ons, going to the extensions tab, and removing Looking Glass. And if you do want a Mr. Robot game in your browser... congrats. It's already there.