Website Asks Users to Ditch Firefox Web Browser in Gay Rights Row
Published on: 31st Mar 2014
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The increasingly controversial choice of new CEO for the Mozilla Foundation has resulted in one major website starting to recommend that its users switch away from using the Firefox web browser.
Although Mozilla says that it "supports equality for all, including marriage equality for LGBT couples", their new CEO, Brendan Eich once made a modest donation to an organisation campaigning against gay rights in California.
The donation, of US$1,000 was made six years ago to support a Californian Law, known as Proposition 9, which sought a ban on equal marriage rights.
Since his elevation to CEO last week, half the board of directors has resigned, although that was reportedly over an unrelated matter about the decision to promote an insider as opposed to bring in a new person to head the organisation.
Now, a major online dating website, OKCupid is recommending that its users ditch the Firefox web browser. Anyone visiting the OKCupid website using Firefox gets a message noting Eich's views on marrage equality, and advising users to switch to a different web browser.
In a message on their website, they wrote 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."
Users can choose to ignore the message if they want, or click on the options provided to choose an alternative web browser.
Although the web browser is given away for free, the organisation earns a substantial income from advertising revenue whenever a user carries out a search and clicks on the adverts displayed by Google.
On the web: OKCupid