Our team is saddened and disappointed that we cannot currently support a Tab for a Cause add-on for Firefox. We are hoping to be able to support Firefox again in the future.
We'll provide a summary here. For a deeper dive, please see this issue on Github.
As you may know, Tab for a Cause lets people easily raise money for nonprofits, for free. Once you set Tab for a Cause as your new tab page, your new tab page shows ads that raise money for some spectacular causes.
Tab for a Cause must be a website (rather than, say, an offline file) to show ads successfully.
Recently, the Mozilla Firefox team has become stricter about allowing users to set their new tab to a website. We strongly agree with the motivations behind the policy, which are aimed at keeping users safe.
Unfortunately, however, the Mozilla team has decided that it's against policy for the Tab for a Cause add-on to set the new tab page to the Tab for a Cause website.
We disagree with the Mozilla team's decision because:
- We explicitly ask for user consent. Tab for a Cause clearly asks for user consent to update the tab page (indeed, "tab" is even in our name). Our team has always been grounded in the principle of respecting our users.
- Our add-on has no surprises. It does one thing: changes the new tab page. It requires no additional permissions. (You can check this claim for yourself in our open source code!)
- The add-on policy appears to be applied selectively. Other add-ons, such as New Tab Override, redirect the user to remote new tab pages. We want these add-ons to remain approved—given they're still the only way to set a website as your new tab—but have not received any clarification on why Tab for a Cause cannot have a web page as the new tab when other add-ons can.
We respect the Mozilla team, we're Firefox users ourselves, and we always strive to comply with policy. At this moment, though, we have no clear way of serving our users on the Firefox platform. While users might choose to set their new tab page to Tab for a Cause by other means, we aren't comfortable recommending 3rd party software to do so, given that we can't ensure it will keep our users safe.
Thus, we're left with the option of asking our users to transition to Edge, Chrome, or (perhaps soon) Safari.
We hope the Mozilla team clarifies this grey area of policy or improves Firefox's technical support for custom new tab pages. When that happens, we will work to bring Tab for a Cause back to Firefox.