The tipping point, however, appeared to come on Monday when OkCupid posted a notice to anyone using Firefox, a Mozilla product, urging them to switch browsers. “Mozilla’s new CEO, Brendan Eich, is an opponent of equal rights for gay couples,” OkCupid wrote in the notice. “We would therefore prefer that our users not use Mozilla software to access OkCupid.” [Mashable]
AFTER causing a ruckus when news surfaced that he’d given a $1,000 donation to support California’s Prop 8 back in 2008, Brendan Eich, a Mozilla co-founder, has stepped down as Mozilla’s CEO. It came a week after he was promoted from CTO to CEO. OKCupid, a dating site that supports marriage equality, had encouraged its users to switch browsers, basically banning the browser Firefox.
Mozilla prides itself on being held to a different standard and, this past week, we didn’t live up to it. We know why people are hurt and angry, and they are right: it’s because we haven’t stayed true to ourselves.
We didn’t act like you’d expect Mozilla to act. We didn’t move fast enough to engage with people once the controversy started. We’re sorry. We must do better.
Brendan Eich has chosen to step down from his role as CEO. He’s made this decision for Mozilla and our community.
Love took down the homophobe, because it’s more powerful than hate.