Mozilla, the developer of the Firefox web browser and other open source projects, has announced its Mozilla Information Trust Initiative [mozilla.org]. This initiative involves Mozilla "developing products, research, and communities to battle information pollution and so-called ‘fake news’ online."
Although the announcement from Mozilla claims that the "spread of misinformation violates nearly every tenet of the Mozilla Manifesto", this initiative does raise some concerning questions. Should a web browser vendor be actively patrolling content on the web? Is such patrolling of content harmful to a truly open web? Is this merely the first step toward web browsers censoring or controlling the dissemination of information available on the web? Would the resources expended on this initiative be better spent improving the performance and efficiency of Firefox?