March 31, 2014
Online dating service OKcupid is urging its members to reject FireFox and use either Chrome, Internet Explorer, or Opera. The move was made when OKcupid learned that Mozilla’s new CEO (Mozilla owns Firefox), Brendan Eich, has opposed equal rights for gay couples. Users logging into OKCupid via FireFox receive a six paragraph message asking them to oppose Firefox for having a CEO that opposes gay rights.
Here is the open letter in its entirety that appears on the OKcupid home page:
OKcupid Letter About Firefox and Gay Rights:
The page also contains a shaded box titled, “Background on Mr. Eich and Mozilla” with the following information:
There are links to Chrome, Opera, and Internet Explorer (which they call Internet Exploder), along with a text link option to continue to OKcupid via Firefox.
OKcupid is owned by IAC/Interactive Corp. It’s sister sites include Match.com and Chemistry.com. As of this writing, neither of those sites have taken an similar stance. But other companies are following OKcupid’s lead.
Prior to the OKcupid message, Brendan Eich had already backed off his stance on anti-gay rights. Appointed to CEO on March 24, Eich wrote a blog post on March 26 titled, “Inclusiveness at Mozilla” for his blog. In part, he states:
“I know there are concerns about my commitment to fostering equality and welcome for LGBT individuals at Mozilla. I hope to lay those concerns to rest, first by making a set of commitments to you. More important, I want to lay them to rest by actions and results.” – Brendan Eich, CEO of Mozilla
He then outlines his commitment to the LGBT community, equality, and non-discrimination and says he is taking advice and guidance from the LGBT community.
One of the commitments is “Working with LGBT communities and allies, to listen and learn what does and doesn’t make Mozilla supportive and welcoming.”
What are your thoughts on this article? Is OKcupid doing the right thing by organizing a boycott of Firefox? Should Eich be given a second chance to prove that his actions and opinions have changed? Leave your comment below.