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Firefox removes Yandex search, will auto-switch affected users to Google

By Rick Findlay | Reclaim The Net | March 15, 2022

Mozilla has pushed a new release of its Firefox browser with one notable change; it will no longer have Yandex, the Russian search engine, and Mail.ru as options.

“Yandex and Mail.ru have been removed as optional search providers in the drop-down search menu in Firefox,” Mozilla said.

“If you previously installed a customized version of Firefox with Yandex or Mail.ru, offered through partner distribution channels, this release removes those customizations, including add-ons and default bookmarks. Where applicable, your browser will revert to default settings, as offered by Mozilla.

“All other releases of Firefox remain unaffected by the change.”

Users affected by the changes will have their search engine automatically switched to the Google default – by which Google allegedly pays Mozilla hundreds of millions of dollars for the privilege.

“After careful consideration, we are suspending the use of Yandex Search in Firefox due to credible reports of search results displaying a prevalence of state-sponsored content, which is contrary to the principles of Mozilla,” a Mozilla spokesperson said.

“This means for the time being Yandex Search will not be the default search experience (or a default search option) for users in Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, and Turkey. In the meantime, we are pointing people to Google.com.”

March 15, 2022 - Posted by | Full Spectrum Dominance, Russophobia | ,

2 Comments »

  1. It was already obvious for some time that Firefox is no longer OUR browser, but has become theirs instead.

    The maker has been ousted from his own project some years ago. That’s why he has built the Brave browser as a new platform.

    Firefox -> Brave
    Google/DuckDuckGo(ne) -> Yandex, Qwant
    Youtube/Vimeo -> BrandNewTube, Odysee, Bitchute, banned.video, 153news.net, worldtruthvideos.website

    Liked by 1 person

    Comment by Balthasar Gerards | March 16, 2022 | Reply

    • Duck Duck Go has been the source of 90% of search referals to Aletho News for quite some time. Since March 10 the referals have fallen by half.

      Liked by 1 person

      Comment by aletho | March 16, 2022 | Reply


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