Apple, Google, and Microsoft have alleged that users should use default web browsers, according to Mozilla

Apple, Google, and Microsoft have alleged that users should use default web browsers, according to M ...

Mozilla, the non-profit owner of the Firefox browser, has accused Google, Microsoft, and Apple of "self-referencing," implying that their users are being discouraged from using their own browsers.

According to Mozilla, some examples of consumer abuse resulting from this self-referencing behavior include limited or difficult choice, reduced quality, decreased innovation, poor privacy, and unpaid services.

The report concludes at a time when "self referencing" remains a hot topic in the tech regulatory space; the UK''s competition watchdog has published a final report (opens in a new tab) highlighting "substantial concerns" about Google''s and Apple''s market dominance.

What does the report allege?

Mozilla''s report accuses the major IT firms of committing a wide variety of instances of malpractice.

These include impeded discovery of independent apps, citing how some individuals bundle their respective browsers with their operating systems and define them as the operating system default in the prime home screen or dock position.

According to the report, "For many individuals, this placement is sufficient and they will not see or pursue additional steps in order to discover alternatives."

Mozilla has also commended several large technology companies for prohibiting independent app adoption, citing how Apple lacked settings to switch away from Safari as the default browser until 2020, implying that iOS users who tried to use another browser were locked into continued Safari usage for 13 years.

The report explained how Safari should not be removed from iOS.

According to the study, the major tech was overriding independent app adoption, which was considered this behavior "even more horrifying than prohibiting competitor software adoption."

Mozilla claims that this is the case on Microsoft Windows computers for a number of years, "saveing consumers have faced increasingly aggressive practices, some of which have been aimed at reversing their decisions to utilize non-Microsoft software, for example, overriding their default browser choice, and reverting to Edge."

"People should have control over their internet experiences and be able to choose which software they wish to use, including something different from what the operating system provider offers," said a Mozilla spokesperson. "People should not have to confront operating systems that continuously pester, confuse, and revert preferences in favor of their own software."

The "borser wars" are nothing new, as Microsoft''s Internet Explorer famously forced Netscape''s Navigator out of business.

Google is an example of a major technology corporation that has been receptive to these allegations about losing its weight, as well as the threat of anti-trust legislation.

According to the president of Google''s global affairs, antitrust regulations "would impose one set of restrictions on American companies while giving a pass to foreign corporations," according to a blog post. They "would give the Federal Trade Commission and other government agencies unprecedented authority over consumer goods."

"All of this would be a major reversal of the approach that made the US a global technology leader, and it may cede America''s technology leadership, putting our nation in jeopardy," Walker said. As bipartisan national security advisors warned, all of this will be a significant reversal of the approach.