Mozilla, the nonprofit developer behind the popular Firefox browser, will no longer advertise on Facebook.
“Mozilla is pressing pause on our Facebook advertising,” Chief Operating Officer Denelle Dixon wrote in a blog post on Wednesday. She explained that in examining the social network’s policies following the Cambridge Analytica scandal, “we found that its current default settings leave access open to a lot of data — particularly with respect to settings for third-party apps.”
The developer also established ato ask the social network to improve its privacy settings. It pointed out that Facebook’s current default permissions “leave billions of users vulnerable without knowing it” by giving third parties significant access to data about Facebook users’ work, education, current city and posts to their timelines.
Mozilla’s moves come after revelations about howthen feed that profile information into US and UK political campaigns. So far the scandal has triggered , the , calls for Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg to testify before Congress and a viral push to .
on the scandal on Wednesday, admitting that his company had made mistakes.
“We are encouraged that Mark Zuckerberg has promised to improve the privacy settings and make them more protective,” said Dixon. “When Facebook takes stronger action in how it shares customer data, specifically strengthening its default privacy settings for third party apps, we’ll consider returning.”
Facebook didn’t respond immediately to a request for comment.