Mozilla still plans to offer sponsored tiles on Firefox new-tab page

Firefox will get sponsored tiles on the new-tab page that are supposed to make things better for new users; rollout will happen slowly, but it is coming.

Published Mon, May 12 2014 6:00 AM CDT   |   Updated Tue, Nov 3 2020 12:17 PM CST

Some reports around the web have been claiming that Mozilla has backed away from its plans to offer sponsored tiles on its new-tab page of the Firefox browser. However, a new report has surfaced that claims Mozilla isn't killing its plan to offer sponsored tiles, but will roll those sponsored tiles out more slowly than anticipated.

Mozilla still plans to offer sponsored tiles on Firefox new-tab page |

Apparently, some of the comments that Mozilla VP Jonathan Nightingale made were seen as a retreat by some, but all he really said was that the roll out would continue slowly. Many users of the Firefox browser were unhappy at the thought of having sponsored tiles on the new-tab page.

Nightingale promises that the browser's new-tab page won't turn "into a mess of logos sold to the highest bidder; without user control, without user benefit." The upside is that Firefox usually allows you to decide if you have to open to that new-tab page or another website. Some users may not have to see these sponsored tiles.


Shane is a long time technology writer who has been writing full time for over a decade. Shane will cover all sorts of news for TweakTown including tech and other topics. When not writing about all things geeky, he can be found at the track teaching noobs how to race cars.

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