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Mozilla Epic Fail

April 4, 2014

Mozilla is a free software community that produces a number of products including the internet browser Firefox. The company is famous for its tolerance of diversity but obviously only the right kind of diversity!

Mozilla’s CEO and co-founder Brendan Eich has had to step down following a furore over his same-sex marriage views. Apparently that kind of thinking is not to be tolerated! From an exclusive cnet interview:

Brendan Eich knew there would be challenges taking over as Mozilla chief executive — competing with Chrome, rebuilding the Web as a foundation for apps, finding a mobile foothold for Firefox OS.

What he didn’t expect was that a political issue would push aside those technology concerns. Eich’s donation of $1,000 to the Proposition 8 effort to ban gay marriage in California, made in 2008 and uncovered through public records in 2012, became a rallying point for a large and vocal group that has fought for years for those marriage rights. More than 70,000 people have signed a petition asking for Eich to resign if he can’t unequivocally say he supports marriage equality.

Now, in his first interview on the subject, Eich is responding with a message that Mozilla is at its core inclusive — not just of gay-marriage supporters but also of people like him or gay-marriage opponents in Indonesia who also are part of the Mozilla cause. Those beliefs must be checked at the door on the way into Mozilla, he argues.

In a statement on their blog, Mozilla expose their hypocrisy, cowardice and ironically their intolerance. People, do you know what freedom of speech actually means?

Epic fail Mozilla, I’m now in the market for a new browser.

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