OkCupid

OkCupid Shuts Out Firefox Users Over Mozilla's New CEO

Dating site OkCupid is asking its users to boycott Mozilla's Firefox browser over a contribution Mozilla's new CEO made to support anti-gay laws.

By Matt Picht | March 31, 2014

Dating site OkCupid is calling it quits with tech company Mozilla and has sent a pretty strong break-up letter to users of Mozilla's Firefox Internet browser.

The trouble started last week when Mozilla chose Brendan Eich as the company's new CEO. A founding member of Mozilla, Eich is known for his work on Netscape and Javascript — but also for a $1,000 contribution he made in 2008 in support of California's gay marriage ban.

The backlash to Eich's hiring was swift and fierce; advocacy groups and Mozilla employees began calling for Eich to step down, and both Mozilla and Eich put out apologetic blog posts reiterating the company's commitment to diversity.

Now OkCupid has decided to take things a step further by actively pushing its users away from Firefox.

If you try to access OkCupid through Mozilla's Firefox browser, you'll be redirected to this message, which reads in part, "OkCupid is for creating love. Those who seek to deny love and instead enforce misery, shame, and frustration are our enemies, and we wish them nothing but failure." The page also links to a selection of alternative web browsers, like Chrome, Opera, Safari, or something called "Internet Exploder" — not sure if that's a typo or a jab at Microsoft's Internet Explorer.

We should note, this isn't a complete embargo on Firefox. Users can still click through OkCupid's message to access the site.

But OkCupid's decision to take a stand has not gone unnoticed. A Gizmodo writer calls it "an impressive expression of political beliefs ​that could potentially alienate a lot of users.​ ... This is a bold step."

Though it's a step that could hurt OkCupid in the short term: as Re/Code points out, ​"Firefox currently holds nearly 20 percent of desktop browser market share. ... That’s a large chunk of visitors to potentially turn away from your site."

But the high-profile dating site's disapproval also stands to do some serious damage to Mozilla's image. The head of The Mozilla Foundation, Mark Surman, wrote in a blog post he's worried people are getting the wrong message about his company. 

"I worry that we do a bad job of explaining ourselves, that people are angry and don’t know who we are or where we stand. And, I worry that in the time it takes to work this through and explain ourselves the things I love about Mozilla will be deeply damaged." (Via Commonspace)

LGBT backlash isn't the only problem Mozilla is facing after Eich's promotion to CEO. The Wall Street Journal reported last week three of Mozilla's six board members stepped down after Eich was hired, reportedly after unsuccessfully lobbying for a different hire to help the company's transition to mobile.

  TRENDING IN Tech NEWS
The South Lawn of the White House is prepared for a barbeque hosted by U.S. President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama on July 4, 2013, in Washington, DC.WATCHLIST
Getty Images / Ron Sachs

The White House Isn't Immune To The US' Internet Troubles

A shield is shown adorned with a padlock and green checkmark.WATCHLIST
Google

Google Will Give You Free Storage If You Check Your Online Security

India's new rules would make the Internet more closely resemble dumb pipes, without paid prioritization.WATCHLIST
Newsy / Evan Thomas

India Cracks Down Harder Than The FCC, Bans Special Data Pricing

Ford test drives an autonomous car in Michigan.WATCHLIST
Ford Motor Co.

Everything You Should Know About The Driverless Car You'll Own Someday

The CRAM (compressible robot with articulated mechanisms) from the PolyPEDAL Lab at UC Berkeley.WATCHLIST
University of California, Berkeley / PolyPEDAL Lab

Cockroach-Inspired Robot Can Squeeze Into Some Tight Spaces

A man using Google CardboardWATCHLIST
Getty Images / Justin Sullivan

Google Is Reportedly Making A New Smartphone-Powered VR Headset

You can do better than the usual list of common passwords.WATCHLIST
Newsy / Evan Thomas

How To Make Your Passwords Less Hackable

Twitter CEO Jack DorseyWATCHLIST
Getty Images / Bill Pugliano

RIP #RIPTwitter: Twitter CEO Says The Site's Feed Isn’t Changing

Twitter CEO Evan Williams is seen silhouetted against a screen as he shows off the newly revamped Twitter website on September 14, 2010 at Twitter headquarters in San Francisco, California.WATCHLIST
Getty Images / Justin Sullivan

Twitter Might Change Its Feed, And People Are Furious (Again)

Nintendo game character Mario stands next to the new gamer-themed car built by West Coast Customs on November 17, 2011 in Los Angeles, California.WATCHLIST
Getty Images / Kevork Djansezian

Nintendo Puts This Weird Sleep-Tracking Device On Hold

According to Cisco's projections, smartphones will be responsible for a majority of global network traffic by 2020.WATCHLIST
Newsy / Evan Thomas

When Smartphones Will Take Over The Planet

An illuminated sign is seen outside the University of Central Florida's Progress Energy welcome center.WATCHLIST
keone / CC BY SA 2.0

63K Social Security Numbers Stolen In University Hack In Florida

Apple CEO Tim Cook introduces the new iPhone 6s and 6s Plus during a Special Event at Bill Graham Civic Auditorium September 9, 2015 in San Francisco, California.WATCHLIST
Getty Images / Stephen Lam

Apple Just Lost A $626M Lawsuit To A 'Patent Troll'

Taylor Swift And Kim KardashianWATCHLIST
Getty Images / Mark Metcalfe / Kim Kardashian

T-Swift Takes A Note From Kim Kardashian; Mobile Game Is On The Way

Julian AssangeWATCHLIST
Getty Images

UN Expected To Vote In WikiLeaks' Julian Assange's Favor

2016 Scion FR-SWATCHLIST
Scion

Toyota Just Killed Off Its Scion Brand

Amazon's first and so far only physical bookstore.WATCHLIST
Getty Images / Stephen Brashear

Will Amazon 'Wal-Mart' The Bookstore Business?

Alphabet's various moonshots could pay off big — but it will be a while.WATCHLIST
Alphabet

Alphabet (Aka Google) Isn't Making Money On Moonshots Just Yet

A promotional poster for Instagram's film series, "Shield 5," is pictured.WATCHLIST
Instagram / 'Shield 5'

Instagram Wants You To Watch Its New Thriller — In 15-Second Spurts

Man wears a Fitbit Charge HRWATCHLIST
Fitbit

This University Now Requires New Students To Wear Fitbits

Eagle snatching drone out of the air.WATCHLIST
Politie

This Dutch Police Bird Can Take Drones Out Of The Sky

An employee at Google bikes past a sign.WATCHLIST
Getty Images / Justin Sullivan

Google's Alphabet Takes Down Apple To Be Named 'Most Valuable Company'

Yahoo! President and CEO Marissa Mayer delivers a keynote address at the 2014 International CESWATCHLIST
Getty Images / Ethan Miller

Hundreds Of Yahoo Jobs Could Be On The Chopping Block

A screenshot from the "cs_wildrefuge" mod for "Counter-Strike:Global Offensive."WATCHLIST
Valve / "Counter-Strike: Global Offensive"

The Oregon Wildlife Refuge Standoff Is Now A Video Game

A sign with the 'like' symbol stands in front of the Facebook headquarters.WATCHLIST
Getty Images / Justin Sullivan

Need A Ride? Facebook Could Add Ride-Sharing Feature To Events

Apple hasn't announced anything about an AR or VR headset yet. Sorry.WATCHLIST
Newsy / Evan Thomas

Apple Is Late To The Virtual-Reality Game, But That's Apple For You

T-Mobile CEO John Legere takes part in a Q&A.WATCHLIST
Getty Images / Michael Loccisano

T-Mobile Faces (More) Accusations It's Violating Net Neutrality

Children try out networked computer laptops in the Digital Classroom at the CeBIT Technology Fair.WATCHLIST
Getty Images / Sean Gallup

Obama's $4B Plan Aims to Teach Kids About Computer Science

Facebook continues tightening its policy on gun sales.WATCHLIST
Getty Images / Justin Sullivan

Facebook And Instagram Ban Private Gun Sales

An Israeli-developed drone.WATCHLIST
Israel Aerospace Industry

New Intelligence Leaks Reveal US, UK Spied On Israeli Drones