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Mozilla CEO resigns following backlash

Fri 4 Apr 2014 In: International News View at NDHA

Brendan Eich The new CEO of Mozilla has resigned after backlash over a $1,000 donation he made to the campaign against marriage equality in 2008. Gay web users, Mozilla employees, board members and companies including OKCupid and rarebit had criticised the company for Brendan Eich’s appointment. OKCupid loaded a message urging users to use a browser other than Firefox. Three Mozilla board members also stepped down this week, allegedly in response to Eich being hired, while Mozilla says the timing was coincidental. Mozilla’s Executive Chairwoman Mitchell Baker has confirmed the resignation in a blog, where she says the company “prides itself on being held to a different standard”. “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.”     

Credit: Daily News staff

First published: Friday, 4th April 2014 - 10:01am

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