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OkCupid Lifts Firefox Boycott After Mozilla CEO Steps Down

by Jason St. Amand
National News Editor
Saturday Apr 5, 2014
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Brendan Eich
Brendan Eich  (Source:Mozilla)

Officials from the popular dating website OkCupid announced Friday that they are "satisfied" with Mozilla’s CEO resigning after urging its users to boycott the software company’s web browser Firefox because of the CEO’s $1,000 donation to a Proposition 8 campaign in 2008, the Huffington Post reports.

"We are pleased that OkCupid’s boycott has brought tremendous awareness to the critical matter of equal rights for all individuals and partnerships; today’s decision reaffirms Mozilla’s commitment to that cause," a statement by OkCupid reads. "We are satisfied that Mozilla will be taking a number of further affirmative steps to support the equality of all relationships."

Mozilla appointed Brendan Eich just a few weeks ago, but it was two gay, and married, software developers who revealed that he donated $1,000 to a campaign that supported California’s Prop 8. After attempting to do some major damage control in the last weeks, Mozilla’s executive chairwoman Mitchell Baker announced Thursday that Eich had stepped down from his position.

"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," she wrote in a blog post. "Brendan Eich has chosen to step down from his role as CEO. He’s made this decision for Mozilla and our community."

Soon after Eich’s donation history was revealed, OkCupid updated its homepage so people who use Firefox would see a message outlining Eich’s support for California’s now-defunct marriage ban, and asked them to use a different browser.

Eich has since deleted his Twitter account and Mozilla has yet to name a new CEO.

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