OkCupid website asks users not to use Firefox, cites Mozilla CEO's anti-LGBT beliefs

By on April 1, 2014, 3:00 PM

Mozilla has been grabbing headlines for all the wrong reasons lately. After a few of its employees took to Twitter last week to express their disapproval of the new CEO, and the recent departure of half of its board members, dating website OkCupid has also openly come out against Brendan Eich. On Monday, the New York-based website's homepage greeted its Firefox users with a note asking them not to use Mozilla software to access the website.

“We’ve devoted the last ten years to bringing people—all people—together”, the letter said, adding that "if individuals like Mr. Eich had their way, then roughly 8% of the relationships we’ve worked so hard to bring about would be illegal”.

OkCupid President Christian Rudder said that he and the other co-founders decided to take the step after thorough discussions over the weekend. The company thinks that any OkCupid page loads would even indirectly contribute towards the success of an individual who supported Proposition 8.

The website claims that 12 percent of its approximately 3 billion monthly page views come through Firefox.

When asked about the OkCupid protest, a Mozilla spokesperson said that the dating company never reached out to them to share their intentions, or to confirm facts. He added that Mozilla supports equality for all, including marriage equality for LGBT couples.

Last week, half of the Mozilla board stepped down over Eich's appointment. Although the reason was not his anti-LGBT beliefs, it did complicate the situation further for the new CEO.

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