OkCupid Lost Love for Mozilla Firefox Over Brendan Eich

OkCupid.com, which is a popular and well-accepted online dating site has urged the boycott Mozilla Firefox. Mozilla Firefox is a web browser that stands second in the list of popular browsers in the world.


The reason for OkCupid to come up with this recommendation is the appointment as the chief executive of a person who is an opponent of gay marriage. Brendan Eich is the man in question, who is now the CEO at Mozilla.

The online dating site’s visitors were displayed a message, ‘advising them to use some other browser – like Google’s Chrome or Microsoft’s Internet Explorer – for surfing OkCupid.com.

The message at the browser read “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.”

Brendan Eich
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There was also a statement from OkCupid. The thoughts came from OkCupid’s co-founder Christian Rudder. “Especially in the kind of modern hero culture, the CEO is equivalent to the company. We have users who are trying to find other people and we wanted to point out that this browser might be in conflict with their own values.”

Brendan Eich

Brendan Eich was appointed as the CEO of Mozilla Firefox on March 24. However, a lot of criticism followed the appointment of Brendan Eich, especially from software developers. Even the also included their employees. Brendan Eich had earlier in the year 2008 donated US $1000 supporting California’s Proposition 8 that had banned gay marriages in the state. However, later the ban was overpowered by the apex court.

Inventor of JavaScript

Brendan Eich has invented JavaScript – the popular programming language and is also a co-founder of Mozilla Firefox browser. Three member of the Mozilla board out of the six had resigned last week. However, according to the company, the resignations have nothing to do with the views of the CEO on gay marriages.

About OKCupid

According to Wikipedia, the website is for free friendship and dating apart from being a social networking site to an extent. There are also interesting questions and quizzes created by various members of the site. The online dating site made it to the Top 10 dating websites according to Time magazine in 2007.

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