Visitors who access the dating site OkCupid using Firefox have been getting a slightly different experience from that of other browsers’ users. They’ve been seeing a message urging them to use some other browser:
“Those who seek to deny love and instead enforce misery, shame and frustration are our enemies, and we wish them nothing but failure," the message says.
The issue is with Firefox maker Mozilla’s new CEO, Brendan Eich, who in 2012 contributed $1,000 in support of California’s Proposition 8
, the state’s ballot initiative to ban gay marriage.
OkCupid’s message also includes a note that says 8 percent of the couples who meet on the site are same-sex couples.
OkCupid isn’t the only brand distancing itself from Firefox and Mozilla. Last week, the app developer Rarebit pulled all its apps from the Firefox Marketplace
in protest of Eich’s promotion.
Eich published a blog post
last week explaining his position and promoting an “active commitment to equality in everything we do.”
“I know some will be skeptical about this, and that words alone will not change anything,” he wrote. “I can only ask for your support to have the time to ‘show, not tell’; and in the meantime express my sorrow at having caused pain.”
Eich goes on to promise “exemplary behavior from me toward everyone in our community.”
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A Mozilla spokesman told CNN
that OkCupid never reached out to Mozilla to “let us know of their intentions, nor to confirm facts.”
Eich has stepped down from his post as CEO, according to a blog post from the Mozilla Foundation
. The post states:
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.
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
Brendan Eich has chosen to step down from his role as CEO. He's made this decision for Mozilla and our community.