Mozilla’s recently appointed CEO Brendan Eich resigned today over controversy stemming from a donation he made in support of Prop 8 in 2008. Eich, a co-founder of the tech company, chose to “step down” according to a post on Mozilla’s blog in which the company apologizes for not living up to its own standards:
Mozilla believes both in equality and freedom of speech. Equality is necessary for meaningful speech. And you need free speech to fight for equality. Figuring out how to stand for both at the same time can be hard.
Our organizational culture reflects diversity and inclusiveness. We welcome contributions from everyone regardless of age, culture, ethnicity, gender, gender-identity, language, race, sexual orientation, geographical location and religious views. Mozilla supports equality for all.
We have employees with a wide diversity of views. Our culture of openness extends to encouraging staff and community to share their beliefs and opinions in public. This is meant to distinguish Mozilla from most organizations and hold us to a higher standard. But this time we failed to listen, to engage, and to be guided by our community.
Dating site OKCupid blocked Firefox users after Eich was promoted to CEO, urging users to choose a different, more inclusive browser in an open letter. But like all OKCupid relationships, the boycott was ultimately short-lived and will end in both parties pretending nothing happened.