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Mozilla Firefox now blocks Flash player by default

Mozilla Firefox has blocked all versions of Adobe’s Flash player by default starting today, because of security problems experienced with the player. Mozilla Firefox’s Support Lead, Mark Schmidt announced this on Twitter on July 14.

This is a temporary move by Mozilla until ‘Adobe releases a version which isn’t being actively exploited by publicly known vulnerabilities’.

This move will cause problems for marketers and advertisers who use the Flash platform.

Lately there have been many calls for discarding the Adobe Flash service in favour of HTML5. YouTube had dropped the player in favour of HTML5 back in January 2015.

In June 2015, Google Chrome had also started pausing Flash content intelligently (like Flash animations) that aren’t central to the webpage, while keeping central content (like a video) playing without interruption. This move was done to save battery life of the laptop while browsing the Internet.

Shubhi Tandon

Shubhi Tandon is the Assistant Editor at Digital Market Asia. Fascinated by the evolving digital media industry, she has focussed on tracking developments in the Asia Pacific market since 2014.
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