Calls to boycott Firefox after antigay CEO appointed
Internet users are calling for a boycott of Mozilla products including the popular internet browser Firefox after the company appointed a new CEO who has donated funds to anti-gay causes.
Brendan Eich, Mozilla’s former chief of technology was appointed to the role of CEO yesterday but it was soon revealed he had donated $1000 to support California’s Proposition 8 – the infamous anti-gay marriage Bill.
The first to react to the news were software manufacturers Rarebit. Rarebit is owned and operated by a gay couple. In an open letter which has also been published on their website the couple say they have chosen to boycott Mozilla and will not develop apps or test styles for any future Firefox products and will cease development on current projects associated with the brand.
“Effective today, we’re removing Color Puzzle from the Firefox Marketplace and stopping work on all of our Firefox-related applications, notably the about-to-launch Firefox version of the popular Dictionary! app for iPhone and Android.
"This is in protest of the appointment of Brendan Eich to the position of CEO of the Mozilla Foundation, where he had previously served as CTO,” says the letter.
The couple are urging other gay people and supporters of gay rights to follow suit. They say they will stop their boycott if Eich denounces his donation to Prop 8.