Tuesday, April 01, 2014

OKCupid protests new Mozilla CEO with interstitial page suggesting alternative browsers

OKCupid has taken a political stand: Anyone who attempts to access the popular dating site with Firefox -- beginning on Monday -- receives a surprise. Instead of the homepage, users receive a long missive pointing out that OKCupid is not OK with the stance of new Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich in terms of same-sex marriage.

Use Firefox to access the site, and instead of the normal home page you receive the message above.
Hello there, Mozilla Firefox user. Pardon this interruption of your OkCupid experience.

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.

Politics is normally not the business of a website, and we all know there’s a lot more wrong with the world than misguided CEOs. So you might wonder why we’re asserting ourselves today. This is why: we’ve devoted the last ten years to bringing people—all people—together. If individuals like Mr. Eich had their way, then roughly 8% of the relationships we’ve worked so hard to bring about would be illegal. Equality for gay relationships is personally important to many of us here at OkCupid. But it’s professionally important to the entire company. 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.

If you want to keep using Firefox, the link at the bottom will take you through to the site.
Although folks can still continue using Firefox with the relatively small link at the bottom of the page, larger icons try to get users to download Chrome, Opera, and Internet Exploder (it's unclear if that's a poke or a mispelling, but we'd opt for poke).

Last week, three of Mozilla's board members resigned over the Proposition 8 donation (former Mozilla CEOs Gary Kovacs and John Lilly, along with Ellen Siminoff, the CEO of education startup Shmoop).

In a statement issued Monday, Mozilla said that it
... supports equality for all, including marriage equality for LGBT couples. No matter who you are or who you love, everyone deserves the same rights and to be treated equally. OkCupid never reached out to us to let us know of their intentions, nor to confirm facts.
This echoes something that Eich posted on his own blog on March 26:
I am committed to ensuring that Mozilla is, and will remain, a place that includes and supports everyone, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, age, race, ethnicity, economic status, or religion.
That statement comes about 5 1/2 years after the Proposition 8 vote. So, has Eich changed his mind, or is this about spin?

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