Mozilla Will Start Blocking Superfluous Flash Content

Google has already committed to blocking almost all Adobe Flash content from its Chrome browser by the end of the year. Now Mozilla has said it stop certain non-essential Flash content from being displayed in the Firefox browser starting from August. Here’s what you need to know.

HTML5 has supplanted Flash as the preferred technology to support rich media on the websites; good riddance for that. Flash is notorious for having numerous security vulnerabilities and has been a concerted effort to move websites off their reliance on the Flash plugin.

According to a Mozilla blog post:

“Starting in August, Firefox will block certain flash content that is not essential to the user experience, while continuing to support legacy Flash content. These and future changes will bring Firefox users enhanced security, improved battery life, faster page load, and better browser responsiveness.
“… Firefox will continue this trend by blocking specific Flash content invisible to users. This is expected to reduce Flash crashes and hangs by up to 10%. To minimise website compatibility problems, the changes are initially limited to a short, curated list of Flash content that can be replaced with HTML. We intend to add to this list over time.”

Mozilla has been moving away from plugins in general, implementing web APIs to replace their functionality. The company plans to drop all APAPI plugins, except Flash, in March next year.

[Via Mozilla Blog]

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