OKCupid warns users off Mozilla Firefox, new CEO Eich to blame

OKCupid wants its users to abandon Mozilla Firefox in favour of other browsers after pointing out the company’s new CEO was once an opponent of equal right for gay couples.

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The popular dating website warned visitors to its site that new Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich has previously donated to a campaign that tried to ban gay marriage in California and a warning on the site wants its users to use a different browser to access the site.

“Hello there, Mozilla Firefox user. Pardon this interruption of your OkCupid experience,” read a message for those that visited the site using Firefox. “Mozilla's new CEO, Brendan Eich, is an opponent of equal rights for gay couples. We would therefore prefer that our users not use Mozilla software to access OKCupid."

Firefox users are still able to access the site and can simply click past the message to do so.

Eich, who invented JavaScript, took the Mozilla reigns on 24 March and the controversy comes from the fact that he is listed as having provided a donation to California’s Proposition 8 campaign in 2008 that wanted to ban gay marriage in the state. Despite passing, the bill was overturned by the US Supreme Court in 2013.

The appointment of Eich has provoked anger among supporters of same sex marriage in the US, including some Mozilla employees that aren’t pleased with the decision to appoint Eich.

"It's hard for me to think of a scenario where someone could donate to that campaign without feeling that queer folks are less deserving of basic rights,” stated Christie Koehler, Mozilla’s head of education, on her blog.

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Back in 2008, Eich donated $1,000 [£601] in support of the bill passing and since being brought on board by Mozilla he has expressed “sorrow” for any hurt the action caused and stated that Mozilla is committed to equality for its workers.