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The non-profit Internet organization, Mozilla, has undergone a turbulent 11 days since appointing Brendan Eich, the...
The non-profit Internet organization, Mozilla, has undergone a turbulent 11 days since appointing Brendan Eich, the company's long-running technology officer and co-founder of the second most popular Internet web browser - Firefox - as chief executive.
The outrage that erupted with Eich's new chief position was brought on by his private donation of $1,000 in support of the opposition to the gay marriage legislation poll Proposition 8 back in 2008. The repercussions have been dire for Eich as the controversy came to a climax yesterday. Eich was forced to resign his short-lived position after a series of protests from different key influential bodies.
The first hint of protest occurred a few days ago, when three important Mozilla board members - John Lilly, Ellen Siminoff and Gary Kovacs - stepped down for reasons related to the Eich controversy. Shortly after, Firefox OS's app developer, Hampton Catlin, withdrew from working on the platform.
However, the biggest blow was received on Monday, when the dating site OkCupid greeted any visitor accessing the site through Firefox with the following message saying, "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.”
Eich had no choice but to stop the fight, and halfheartedly, remove himself from the post. Under the pretence of making this noble choice for Mozilla, Eich came out with a statement confirming his decision, announcing, “I have decided to resign as CEO effective today, and leave Mozilla. Our mission is bigger than any one of us, and under the present circumstances, I cannot be an effective leader. I will be taking time before I decide what to do next.”
Mozilla’s executive chairwoman, Mitchell Baker, also came out with a statement in an official blog post, reporting Eich put the well-being of his beloved company above all other needs in confirming his departure. “Brendan Eich has chosen to step down from his role as CEO. He's made this decision for Mozilla and our community.”