Over the years, there have been many requests for Flash to die – which included calls from companies like Facebook, Mozilla, and Google.
The Occupy Flash movement, which aims to rid the Internet of Flash, argues that “Flash Player is dead”.
“Flash’s time has passed. It’s buggy. It crashes a lot. It requires constant security updates. It doesn’t work on most mobile devices,” said Occupy Flash.
The movement said Flash makes the web less accessible, and is holding it back.
Many tech giants agree with Occupy Flash, and have started to phase Flash out of their ecosystems.
Earlier this year, Google said it will change how Chrome handles Flash content and that its browser will block the Flash plugin from running.
Mozilla said in July that from 2017, Firefox will require click-to-activate approval from users before a website activates the Flash plugin for any content.
Even Adobe has asked content creators to stop using flash, and instead encourages them to “build with new web standards” like HTML5.
Flash plugin instability
Mozilla said the Flash plugin introduced stability, performance, and security issues for browsers.
To illustrate the stability problems, Mozilla provided a graph of the plugin crash rate in Firefox linked to the use of Flash.
“As websites have switched from Flash to other web technologies, the plugin crash rate in Firefox has dropped significantly,” said Mozilla.