remove facebook link
I am not a facebook member and never want to be. However when using familysearch I've noticed that on occasion my browser (firefox) shows in the status bar at the bottom "waiting for facebook.com" or similar while I'm waiting for my familysearch page to display. How is this happening? It's scary that there is any connection between the two, please can you remove any link that might cause this.
I'm pretty sure this is not the correct place to ask this, but I've just spent a couple of hours going in circles around the discussion community help pages trying to get the "New Post" link that the help menu says should be there.
There are a few components of the FamilySearch website that do interact with Facebook and other sites. One of them is the recently added ability to log in to FamilySearch using a Facebook account. Another is the ability to share memories:
I would assume that what you are seeing in the status bar is background stuff needed for these features to work. I would also assume that such features are designed to be completely secure and that since people that do have Facebook accounts would find them valuable, those functions won't be going anywhere.
Using a different browser will not change anything. For example, both Chrome and Safari have a similar status bar that you can turn on and off.
(This was the correct place to post a suggestion like this.)1
I just thought it was important to point out that even if John used another browser which did not show that status bar, that background communication between FamilySearch and Facebook would still be going on. It happens whether we are aware of it or not.
Facebook is on the sign in page because you can use your Facebook account name and password to sign in instead of creating a specific FamilySearch account.
Edge and Firefox are not included on the sign in page because they are simply browsers used to access websites. We don't have accounts to sign into Edge or Firefox. We just use them.1
I don't know if your complaint is related to FamilySearch - it might be - but it might be related to some other Facebook add-in in your Firefox. If it is related to FamilySearch - opting out of Advertising cookies for the platform should resolve the issue . Select COOKIE PREFERENCES link at bottom of FamilySearch home page, then Advanced Settings:
Then choose the opt - [Out] option for ADVERTISING COOKIES and Submit Preferences button.
If related to your concern that should resolve it.
We don't have accounts to sign into Edge or Firefox.
No. Edge and Firefox have account/syncing capability just as Chrome - it's a common browser feature nowadays.
Is Google different than Microsoft Edge or Firefox? Why is Google showing?
They are different browsers/accounts - but the features are very similar (Microsoft account, Firefox account). Apple account is somewhat necessary to cover AppleID users. If FamilySearch so wished - they could implement Edge/Firefox account login/sync. That they only have Google - indicates a preference toward users using Chrome. Edge is based on Chrome chassis (if I understand correctly) - haven't investigated Firefox recently but I think it's based on Mozilla - or possibly old Netscape might be the chassis (I don't remember - ask Google or ChatGPT).
Here's the ChatGPT responses:
Yes, the Microsoft Edge browser, starting with version 79, is based on the Chromium open-source project, which is also the basis for Google Chrome. Microsoft adopted the Chromium engine for Edge in order to provide users with a more modern, secure, and compatible browsing experience, as Chromium is widely used and well-supported by the web development community. This change in the underlying technology of Edge means that it shares many similarities with Google Chrome in terms of rendering, performance, and compatibility with web standards, although it may have some unique features and design elements specific to Microsoft's implementation.
Firefox was originally released in 2004 as a standalone browser that used the Mozilla Suite as its codebase, which included the Gecko engine. Over time, Firefox evolved into its own independent browser, but it continued to use Gecko as its rendering engine. Gecko has been continuously developed and improved by Mozilla, and it is a critical component of Firefox's architecture, responsible for rendering web pages and providing the core functionality of the browser.
It's worth mentioning that starting from Firefox 57, released in 2017, Firefox began using a new rendering engine called Quantum, which is a major overhaul of Gecko aimed at improving performance and responsiveness. Quantum retains many of the fundamental concepts and components of Gecko, but with significant optimizations and enhancements. So while Firefox was originally built using the Mozilla Gecko engine, it has since evolved with the Quantum rendering engine to provide a faster and more modern web browsing experience.
When Netscape's Navigator browser faced competition from Microsoft's Internet Explorer in the late 1990s, Netscape decided to open-source its browser code, leading to the creation of the Mozilla project in 1998. The Mozilla project aimed to develop an open-source web browser and other related technologies. The original Netscape Navigator codebase formed the foundation of the Mozilla project, and the Gecko rendering engine was further developed and improved by the Mozilla community.
Over the years, the Mozilla project has continued to evolve, with the development of the Firefox web browser, Thunderbird email client, and other open-source products. The Gecko engine has been a central component of these projects, providing the rendering capabilities for displaying web pages and handling web technologies. Today, Gecko is used in Firefox and other browsers based on the Mozilla codebase, and it has been continuously updated and improved by the Mozilla community and other contributors.
... I guess I'll just start doing my Community responses in ChatGPT.0
As author of the original question, I'm astonished at the depth of responses having returned after a weekend away. Thank you to all the responders, I wouldn't though put much trust in anything ChatGPT says, but I appreciate the effort nevertheless. I do now understand the issue and will henceforth trust that nothing untoward is happening.0