6 Apr 2014

OkCupid Satisfied With Mozilla CEO's Resignation

By Kurt Wagner at Mashable

Count OkCupid among those celebrating the resignation of Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich on Thursday.

The dating site protested Mozilla on Monday by discouraging users to visit its site via Firefox, in an attempt to bring awareness to Eich's 2008 political donation in support of Proposition 8. The ballot measure, which outlawed gay marriage in California, passed but was later ruled unconstitutional. OkCupid's stunt attracted media attention, and added to displeasure around the web about Eich's political views and the company's decision to promote him to CEO in late March.

On Thursday, Mozilla announced in a blog post that Eich was stepping down, apologizing to users for failing to act in a more timely manner. "We didn’t act like you’d expect Mozilla to act," wrote Mozilla Chairwoman Mitchell Baker. "We didn’t move fast enough to engage with people once the controversy started. We’re sorry. We must do better."

The news was appreciated at OkCupid. The company released the following statement through a spokesperson:

“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. We are satisfied that Mozilla will be taking a number of further affirmative steps to support the equality of all relationships.”

On Monday, OkCupid greeted Firefox users trying to visit its site with a message encouraging them to try other browsers like Chrome, Internet Explorer, or Safari. The pop-up did not specifically call for Eich's resignation, but it certainly didn't mince words, either. The message said: "Those who seek to deny love and instead enforce misery, shame, and frustration are our enemies, and we wish them nothing but failure."

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