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Mozilla CEO Resigns After Just One Week

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The short lived controversy over the appointment of a new CEO at the Mozilla Foundation has come to a swift conclusion, after Brendan Eich chose to resign.

The organisation, which develops the Firefox web browser and smartphone OS appointed Eich to the role of CEO last week, and sparked a very public backlash concerning his private opinions on gay marriage.

He had tried to argue that a fairly modest donation to an anti-marriage equality organisation six years ago shouldn't affect his ability to lead the Mozilla organisation, but the backlash was widespread and vocal. Unlike most organisations, Mozilla is more of a community than a company, and the views of its contributors are especially important.

In a statement, Mozilla said that "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."

"Brendan Eich has chosen to step down from his role as CEO. He's made this decision for Mozilla and our community."

The organisation is now looking for a new CEO. Half the board members resigned after Eich was appointed, mainly because they wanted an outsider to lead the organisation and bring new ideas into it.

The organisation will come under unusually intense scrutiny in the coming weeks and months as it looks for a new leadership team.

Brendan Eich has also closed his Twitter account.

On the web: Mozilla Blog

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