Unlike Chrome, it seems Firefox will not move to limit ad blockers

What you need to know

  • Mozilla Firefox version 109 recently became available.
  • The latest version of the browser enables Manifest Version 3 by default, which is the next generation of WebExtensions.
  • Manifest Version 3 has proven controversial because it limits some features in ad blockers.
  • Mozilla’s implementation of Manifest V3 allows developers to continue to create cross-platform extensions without restricting ad blockers.

Mozilla Firefox 109.0 started rolling out this week. The latest version of the browser has Manifest Version 3 (MV3) enabled by default rather than the older Manifest Version 2. The shift to MV3 brings many improvements but is also controversial. That’s because the new manifest places some limits on ad blockers. Ghostery and the Electronic Frontier Foundation are among critics of Google’s implementation of MV3.

MV3 is the next generation of WebExtensions, which allows add-ons and extensions to work in browsers. It was first introduced by Google in 2018. With Google adopting MV3 for Chrome and several other browsers being based on Chromium, the majority of web browsers in use will move to the system at some point.

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