Apple, Google, and Microsoft have imposed restrictions on browser choice, according to Mozilla

Apple, Google, and Microsoft have imposed restrictions on browser choice, according to Mozilla ...

Mozilla, the organization behind Firefox, claims that technology firms like Microsoft, Apple, and Google, are directing users to their own browsers. The company claims that companies that control the popular operating systems and web services use their position to persuade consumers of choice.

Mozilla''s report titled "Five Walled Gardens: Why Is It Essential to the Internet and How Operating Systems Are Holding Them Back"

According to the study, technology companies employ a wide variety of techniques to make it difficult or impossible to switch web browsers. This non only reduces the quality and experience, but also increases the risk. Mozilla has highlighted five examples of "consumer harm" from "self-preferencing."

Such claims aren''t new, but they aren''t entirely unsubstantiated. Microsoft with its Windows, Apple with its iOS and macOS, and Google with its Android have previously been accused of directing users and indirectly restricting their choice of web browsers. These companies have also faced lawsuits for what is considered to be arm-twisting users or cleverly restricting and influencing their choice.